Canadian health officials are investigating why the government sent body bags to an Aboriginal reserve that had asked for help preparing for a swine flu outbreak.
Health minister Leona Aglukkaq said Thursday she found the action by Health Canada insensitive and offensive.
The body bags were sent recently to at least one remote reserve in northern Manitoba that was hard hit by swine flu last spring. The shipment also included hand sanitizers and face masks.
Aglukkaq pledged to get to the bottom of the matter and make public the results of a departmental investigation.