Six Nations Fire Chief says First Nations lack ability to fight fires

A photo is of the family affected by the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nationfire on the morning of May 2nd. Top row, left to right: Geraldine (mother), Angel (age 12), Karl (age nine), Thyra (surviving, age 19). Bottom row, left to right: Hailey (age seven), Shyra (age six). A GoFundMe campaign has been started at: https://www.gofundme.com/tragic-fire-in-ki. (Supplied Photo)

A fire at the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nations last week has highlighted the lack of proper funding, training and equipment to fight fires in many First Nations communities. While the community mourns the loss of five people in the house fire, the source of the fire is still undetermined. KI’s Chief said that it is especially tragic that four children under the age of 13 lost their lives in the fire. “We are in utter disbelief,” Chief Donny Morris said in a written statement, “as every member is connect and impacted. Today our community mourns this tragic loss…Especially when it comes down to kids, that’s the hard part – when you know that these kids won’t grow up and were lost tragically.” Morris said that it was hard to…

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