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July 23, 2016

NAN COMMEMORATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF WINISK FLOOD AND RELOCATION

THUNDER BAY, ON (July 23, 2016): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Anna Betty Achneepineskum joined Chief Edmund Hunter and the community of Weenusk First Nation to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the relocation of the community to Peawanuck after the devastating Winisk flood of 1986.

“In just a matter of minutes one morning 30 years ago members of this community lost everything they had including two of their loved ones. The people of Weenusk experienced unimaginable trauma and devastation, but despite the pain and loss they found a path forward to build a better future. Over the last 30 years they’ve managed to rebuild not only their community, but their lives as well. Their journey is an inspiration and an example of the triumph of the spirt of our people over unimaginable adversity, and I am honoured to join with them to celebrate their achievements.”

The remote community of Winisk was devastated by a sudden flood from an ice jam on the Winisk River on May 16, 1986. Floodwater washed away all buildings and many residents were stranded for days before assistance arrived. Tragically, two people lost their lives. The community was later rebuilt on higher ground approximately 30 kilometers up-river at Peawanuck.

For more information please contact: Tamara Piche, Communications Officer – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email tpiche@nan.on.ca.

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