Dzawada'enuxw First Nation

Dzawada'enuxw First Nation

October 05, 2010 17:54 ET

Dzawada'enuxw Meet INAC Officials About Kingcome Inlet Flood Repairs

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor KINGCOME INLET, BC, NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2010) - The Dzawada'enuxw First Nation met with senior officials from Pacific Region of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) seeking tangible financial commitments to address the urgent needs of the evacuated village of Kingcome Inlet.

Sadly, the meeting was long on talk and painfully short on commitments to address the needs to repair homes and allow village residents to return home anytime soon.

The responses proposed from INAC were attempts to fit this extraordinary crisis into existing funding programs and budgets.

"INAC must understand the depth of impact to our community and make the required resources available above and beyond current programs and services" says Joey Willie, Chairman Tsawataineuk First Nation.

"Our First Nation has never experienced a flood of this magnitude and the associated damage. We need to have up-front financial commitments in order to coordinate relief efforts and mobilize crews for repairs in the near future. Extending the timeframe for response will only compound the impacts of the flood and add to the over all cost" says Joey Willie.

"Given that INAC Engineers have completed a three day building inspection of damages in Kingcome Village, it is incredibly disappointing that there was no commitments of the much-needed resources today. INAC must respond to the extraordinary event with extraordinary measures" says Bob Chamberlin, Chairman of the Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council.

Another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow October 6th, 2010.
/For further information: Chairman Joe Willie (250) 974-8203; Chief Bob Chamberline (778) 988-9282/ IN: ENVIRONMENT, JUSTICE, POLITICS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Joe Willie, Chairman
    Primary Phone: 250-974-8203
    Secondary Phone: 250-974-3013