Dzawada'enuxw First Nation

Dzawada'enuxw First Nation

October 08, 2010 16:55 ET

Dzawada'enuxw Plans Recovery from Floods in Kingcome Inlet

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor KINGCOME INLET, BC, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - The Dzawada'enuxw First Nation Council held two days of urgent meetings with Senior INAC officials this week to seek essential aid as an initial response to the devastating floods in Kingcome Inlet on the September 25th weekend. Although the Council is working to understand at a deeper level the process and parameters of Provincial Assistance in responding to this ongoing extraordinary situation, we are encouraged with the initial response of the federal government.

The Council is creating a plan for community recovery, and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) has offered an initial amount for necessary interim capacity building. Currently, the village is being assessed for significant damages, and INAC has committed to providing support once detailed assessments are complete. In addition to immediate repairs necessary for homes to become habitable, INAC has committed to long-term support solutions for the recurrent flooding in the region.

Chairman Joe Willie of the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation said, "Our community has suffered enough. We want to go home. With this initial commitment, we are able to begin the clean up and repairs to get our families back to their homes. It will take time and the continued support of all to make this happen. We welcome the on-site visit of Minister Duncan and First Nations leadership who can see first-hand the work that needs to be done".

On October 12, the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation will host INAC Minister John Duncan, who will witness the gravity of the flooding damage and the heightened challenges the community faces in recovery due to extreme isolation. National Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, BC Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, and Grand Chief Ed John will also travel to Kingcome Inlet.

The challenging experiences of the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation in working hard to secure absolutely essential resources for recovery highlight the ongoing and urgent need for effective multi-jurisdictional coordination during disasters that affect First Nations communities. The Dzawada'enuxw are asking Minister Duncan to reaffirm his full support and commitment to ensure complete financial resources are available for our full recovery from this extraordinary crisis. IN: ENVIRONMENT, POLITICS, OTHER

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  • Mike Bonshor
    Primary Phone: 604-671-6102