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2014-05-10 at 21:47

Evacuees arrive

As many as 600 evacuees from flood-endangerd Kashechewan First Nation could arrive in Thunder Bay in the coming days.
As many as 600 evacuees from flood-endangerd Kashechewan First Nation could arrive in Thunder Bay in the coming days.
By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

With flood waters rising again, evacuees have started pouring out of Kashechewan First Nation.

As many as 600 people displaced from the James Bay community along the Albany River are expected to arrive in Thunder Bay over the next couple of days.

City officials learned Saturday afternoon that Kashechewan leaders had asked the province to evacuate the entire community.

As many as 160 Stage 1 evacuees, which include the elderly, children and those with medical conditions, were expected to land in Thunder Bay on Saturday.

“The command structure to deal with the evacuation has been put in place,” said Thunder Bay Fire Chief John Hay in a release. “We’ve also engaged partner agencies to assist.”

As many as 2,000 evacuees could be airlifted out of Kashechewan First Nation.

Hay said an early state of emergency had been lifted on Friday, a day after it was called.

“Conditions can change very, very quickly in these situations,” Hay said.

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shortpeter says:
What racist comments? Be specific on which comment and how is it racist?
5/13/2014 4:57:04 PM
ranma says:
S Duncan, considering it was the Feds who moved them from their original location, to the flood plain they are on now, and has since refused to allocate any more funding to relocate them, change from within in this situation is impossible.

Basically you are saying it is their fault the government moved them to this flood plain. Well it's not. They were relocated once already, forcibly by the government.


In 2007 it would cost a proposed 200 million dollars to relocate them, which I find extremely high. But they have been evacuated at least 13 times since 2004. How much more does this reserve have to cost us the taxpayers, because of the government's mistake.
5/11/2014 2:25:32 PM
westfortscum says:
What about all those that live in Thunder Bay. Thunder Bay is a flood zone but no one is told to move. Seems like if a native does it then why should we care. What about Calgary or even Thunder Bay when it flooded? Did anyone say to move, it's common sense. Nope. Seems a little racist to me.
5/11/2014 1:48:14 PM
sandstorm says:
I don't see it as being racist.. you live where you want at your own risk. Look at people in the East End... yah its a known flood zone.. people still live there.. but when it DOES flood (with the exemption of the sewage flood last year) they take care of themselves and find a place to go.. the government doesn't ship them off to another city..where most will probably stay.
5/11/2014 3:53:30 PM
Tawil says:
How ignorant can you get???

The east Enders didn't have a flood like this. That is total bs. Not only did thousands of people head out to help them, they are still crying about the "stuff" they lost and oh also suing the city.
These citizens are flooded out of their entire community. Separated from family members for months at a time. Lives disrupted again and again. On one fixes their homes, no insurance companies head in for adjustments and replacements and repairs. You idiot.
5/15/2014 8:13:07 AM
ranma says:
It is high time that they were relocated to somewhere closer to civilization. How much does this cost every single year? Or are we waiting for this to turn into another situation where the chief can sell the residents houses, with their belongings underneath them, and force them to live in hotels for years?

For those of you wondering, look at what happened to Lake St. Martin. They were evacuated 3 years ago, houses were condemned and they have been living in hotels since then, at a cost of 87 MILLION dollars to tax payers. The chief took it upon himself to sell their houses and their belongings, at his OWN personal profit.

Do we want this to happen to these people, or do we want to give them the dignity they deserve, and that being a home that they don't need to be evacuated from every spring.
5/11/2014 1:33:24 AM
S Duncan says:
"we" dont give out dignity.

Dignity can only be developed from within. By continuing to provide "help" to these people all we are doing is keeping them in a perpetual state of no dignity.

I love these people as much as any other neighbour and I wish them success in their endeavours, but all of their needs must come from within, not from Ottawa, Queens Park, Thunder Bay.

I encourage these people to refuse "help" and to find the strength within themselves and their community to make the required efforts to prevent floding.

Every boy scout knows to pitch their tent on high ground. Sometimes you have to move your tent, and these people have the skills to move their tents, but we are stripping them of their need/desire to help themselves.
5/11/2014 12:25:58 PM
tsb says:
Read the Indian act and then tell me how they are supposed to achieve these things under the current model.
5/11/2014 12:43:07 PM
S Duncan says:
Canada is a wonderful country. We are all free to move about as we please. The Indian Act is not preventing these people from moving any more than it does for any Canadian.

Continuing to pretend these people have some sort of restrictions on where they wish to move to isn't helping them one bit tsb.

Hundreds of city's, villages, towns, etc., have relocated over the years successfully. This is not an impossible task.

Offer them support tsb, not more excuses. They dont need to be portrayed as victims, they need to live with nature's fury the way the rest of us do.
5/11/2014 2:38:40 PM
Enquirer says:
*high five* Nailed it, "S Duncan" (ha)!

I think the main thing tsb is forgetting here is all one needs is one's own two hands to pull up one's bootstraps. I know, I know. It is a hard concept to grasp for some, what with their constant complaining that external forces somehow shape their future and remove their agency. Ha!

For example, I look around at those who are in the lower income class and think, geez, why did these people decide to be poor? All it takes is the yearning to become rich to actually become rich and successful. You are an obvious example of that; why is it so hard for them to follow your lead?

"No money for education! I am homeless! The social determinants of health are impacting my health! Government regulations and treaties force me into things that hinder us!" Balderdash! Clearly, all just signs of laziness and the inability to strive for greatness.

Clearly, anyone who classifies themselves as a 'victim' needs to look at how they are to blame for it.

5/11/2014 4:10:02 PM
Girardin says:
You continue to post your self righteous and racist comments on here, I don't know how it is allowed to continue. It's disgusting.
5/12/2014 3:31:59 PM
chezhank says:
" Latest Update - May 10 at 10 p.m. Community leaders for the Kashechewan First Nation have declared an emergency due to flooding from the Albany River. A request has been made for a Stage 1 evacuation of approximately 685 residents, including seniors, children and infants and those needing medical attention. Approximately 161 people are expected to have been evacuated to Thunder Bay, a host community, by the end of the evening. Evacuation flights are scheduled to resume at 9:00 a.m. (est) on May 11. Approximately 389 will be air lifted to Thunder Bay, with the remainder being flown to Greenstone, a second host community. The Ministry of Natural Resources is moving in heavy duty water pumps this evening, with additional pumps expected to arrive on May 11. Community officials, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management are paying close attention to the Albany, Attawapiskat and Moose rivers."
5/10/2014 10:45:41 PM
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