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First responders graduate from new Ontario First Nation fire program

April 4, 2023 Fakiha Baig - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A tribal council that represents five First Nations in northwestern Ontario says the first batch of local emergency medical responders from a new training program has graduated and will serve Pikangikum First Nation. The Independent First Nations Alliance says it

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B.C. adds $180 million to help communities prepare for natural disasters

February 22, 2023 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – Premier David Eby says he’s introducing more supports to better prepare British Columbia communities for natural disasters related to climate change before they happen. “The last few years have taught us a hard lesson about the impacts of

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Action needed to prevent future fires on First Nations, organization says 

February 3, 2023 Fakiha Baig - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A 10-year-old girl who died after a house fire on a northern Ontario First Nation might still be alive if firefighting and prevention resources her community has been seeking were in place, an organization representing 49 First Nations said Thursday.  

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Feds say ‘no willing partners’ to bring fire codes onto First Nations

January 23, 2023 Stephanie Taylor - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The federal government does not have a willing partner to find a way to introduce fire codes on First Nation reserves, a newly released document shows. The senior director for the Indigenous Fire Marshal Service, however, says there

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Indigenous Services Canada failing First Nations in response to wildfires, floods: AG

November 15, 2022 Stephanie Taylor - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The federal government still hasn’t provided First Nations with the support they need to respond to emergencies such as wildfires and floods despite warnings almost a decade ago, says a new report from Canada’s auditor general. Karen Hogan

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No way to enforce fire codes on First Nations, and new law would be costly: document

October 5, 2022 Stephanie Taylor - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – There is no way to enforce building or fire codes on First Nations and pursuing a legislative fix would require significant time and money, federal officials warn in an internal briefing document. But Blaine Wiggins, the senior director

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‘Should be an alarm bell’: Calls for action after fatal fires on First Nations

February 14, 2022 Kelly Geraldine Malone - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Monias Fiddler says time is moving slowly for the Sandy Lake First Nation as the community feels the immense weight from the loss of three children in a house fire last month.   Grant Meekis, 9; Remi Meekis, 6; and Wilfred

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First Nations seek emergency declaration from province over northern Ontario wildfires

July 13, 2021 The Canadian Press

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – An organization representing 49 First Nations in northern Ontario is urging the province to declare a state of emergency over wildfires that it says are threatening several remote communities. The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says the declaration

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Federal, Manitoba governments agree to pay $90 million to First Nations following 2011 flood

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The governments of Manitoba and Canada have agreed to pay more than $90 million to certain First Nations who were affected by flooding in 2011. McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP said in a statement released earlier this week that while not

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Fires spark evacuation order for three northern Manitoba First Nations

August 30, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

WASAGAMACK, Man. – Forest fires are prompting the evacuation of some 3,700 people from three First Nation communities in northern Manitoba. The fires are closest to the Wasagamack First Nation, some 600 kilometres north of Winnipeg, and all 2,000 residents

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Alberta government addressing flood resilience in Calgary

August 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of Alberta reported on Friday that it has begun implementing advice from a report that identifies ways to improve flood resilience in Calgary and better water management throughout the Bow River basin. The Advice to Government on Water

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Officials say damaged rail line to Churchill, Man. could be fixed in two months

June 23, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

WINNIPEG – Indigenous and municipal leaders from northern Manitoba say a broken rail line to Churchill could be fixed in about two months if governments and the railway owner are willing to spend the money. Chief Betsy Kennedy of the