Christopher Traverse, chief of the Lac Saint-Martin First Nation, knows personally the Beardy family.
Stephanie had two daughters, while Crystal was the mother of two boys. Christopher Traverse says the band council supports the family, some of whose members he met in Winnipeg on Monday.
The family will take care of the children, he said.
I don't want anything to happen to the children, that they are placed, for example. As the leader of the community, I will protect them from this.
It's hard to have support in town for someone whose the whole family is in Lac Saint-Martin, while we are scattered, says the chief.
It is very important for our community to ;be there for our members, he adds.
With information from Karen Pauls and Cameron MacLean