NAN SUPPORTS EABAMETOONG FIRST NATION AFTER FIRE DESTROYS COMMUNITY CENTRE
THUNDER BAY, ON (April 7, 2016): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the NAN Executive Council, expressed support for Chief Elizabeth Atlookan, Council and the community of Eabametoong First Nation after a fire destroyed the community centre this morning.
“We were shocked with word this morning that the community centre has been lost to fire and our thoughts are with Chief and Council and all community members. We are grateful to hear that no one was injured in the blaze and that firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading. Community centers in remote First Nations serve a variety of functions and are the hub of activity for cultural and social services, recreation and other community activities. The loss of this building will be is tremendous blow and we will do everting possible to support Chief and Council’s efforts to replace or rebuild this facility as quickly as possible.”
The fire comes a week after a tragic house fire claimed nine lives in Pikangikum First Nation, prompting attention to the chronic lack of firefighting services in remote First Nations and a call for an inquest into deadly house fires.
For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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