Patty Hajdu ‘open’ to legislating First Nations fire codes, cost a factor

By Bree Duwyn Writer Federal officials said both a lack of sufficient funding or time, are the reason there is no way to properly enforce building and fire codes within First Nations communities. In a new Stats Canada study, commissioned by The National Indigenous Fire Safety Council (NIFSC) Project and funded by Indigenous Services Canada, Indigenous people are five times more likely to die in a fire and that number increases to over 10 times for First Nations people living on reserve. Indigenous leaders and experts say the high number of fatal house fires on reserve are a result of the lack of proper housing and overcrowding,insufficient funding and education around fire protection. The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) and the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) website, says…

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