Impassable winter roads create 'dire' situation for Ontario First Nations

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Leaders in northern Ontario are pressing the provincial and federal government for help with impassable winter roads.
    
Many First Nations have been cut off from an essential road network built over frozen land, thanks to an unseasonably warm winter -- intensified by human-caused climate change.
    
The leaders say the situation has delayed vital shipments and threatens the safety of First Nations across the region.
    
Members of Nishnawbe Aski Nation -- an organization of First Nations in northern Ontario -- declared a state of emergency this week.
    
The organization is calling on the government to offer subsidies to transport critical supplies by plane.
    
A spokesperson for Ontario Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford says the province is working with the First Nations to find solutions.