March 26, 2012
(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo calls on all Governments to work together to address flooding crises in First Nation communities across Canada citing the urgent need for sustainable long-term mitigation strategies and solutions to this chronic problem.
“Once again flood season has arrived causing displacement and hardship. The worst part is that this happens every year,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. “This annual problem calls on all of levels of government to work with First Nations to develop and implement emergency response plans that work for our communities. This means action now for all of the communities impacted. It also means proper investments in infrastructure and long-term, sustainable plans.”
Four First Nation communities in the Atlantic and Ontario have been hit by the flooding in the last week and urgently require additional support. Hundreds of First Nation citizens have already been evacuated from their homes. Evacuation and emergency actions must be done in full collaboration with First Nation communities. Being sent, unsupported, to unfamiliar surroundings often compounds the trauma being experienced by these families.
“This situation needs to be resolved quickly with a sustainable solution that guarantees the safety of the citizens, their homes and their belongings,” said National Chief Atleo. “In order for our citizens to reach their fullest potential in this country, our communities must be guaranteed at the very least, the basic standards of safety and community wellness.”
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Alain Garon, Assembly of First Nations Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382 or cell: 613-2920857 or email firstname.lastname@example.org