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October 26, 2016

NAN KICKS-OFF FIRST STAGE OF AMBER’S FIRE SAFETY CAMPAIGN IN ATTAWAPISKAT FIRST NATION

ATTAWAPISKAT, ON (October 26, 2016): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler along with Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Indigenous Northern Affairs, Ontario Native Fire Fighters Society, Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation, Fire Chiefs from Greenstone District, Thunder Bay, Timmins, Sioux Lookout and the Fire Marshall of Ontario come together to kick-off the first stage of Amber’s Fire Safety Campaign.

A presentation of fire prevention education was given to the students at the school in Attawapiskat First Nation this afternoon to launch a stage in Amber’s Fire Safety Campaign.

“I am pleased to be here in Attawapiskat to see fire safety training in the first of many First Nation communities. Fatal house fires are all-too common in NAN First Nations and this step will help prevent them from happening,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “Our people should not be at risk of harm and this campaign provides comfort to know they will be safe in their own homes and communities.”

The community has also been provided with smoke detectors that will be professionally installed in each home.

Amber’s Fire Safety Campaign launched in May, 2016 was named in memory of Amber Strang, an infant just five months old and the youngest victim of the March 29, 2016 house fire in Pikangikum First Nation that claimed nine lives, including three generations of Amber’s family.

House fires are especially devastating in remote communities where overcrowding is the norm and entire families are left homeless every time a home is lost.

Recently, NAN launched Amber’s First Safety Campaign Logo Design contest where NAN youth up to age 13 were to submit a logo design where the winner would have their design become the official logo of the campaign. The winner will be announced in November, 2016.

  

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.

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