Friendship centres offer support and a taste of home for evacuated Indigenous residents from N.W.T.

By Shari Narine  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter UPDATED: Alberta’s Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre is activated to a Level 3, said Sheena Campbell, communications director with Alberta Public Safety and Emergency Services in an email to This means that Alberta Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) are working collaboratively with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency to coordinate with the Northwest Territories to ensure all supports are provided in a “seamless way across jurisdictions.” Mental wellness, nursing care, and surge support health coordination has been deployed to hosting communities. ISC continues to work with First Nations in Alberta who are hosting evacuees or otherwise supporting their members who live in areas that are evacuated, said Campbell.   Original Story: Friendship centres “always seem to be one of those main points…

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