‘We’re not refugees, we’re evacuees’: Leaders meet for inaugural summit

By Amanda Rabski-McColl  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter As area leaders gather in Timmins, First Nations’ capacity for their own emergency situations is front and centre on the agenda. The first Mushkegowuk Emergency Response Summit is bringing together emergency services workers and community leaders to brainstorm ways to grow capacity and take control of emergency situations on their lands, with Indigenous leadership setting the plans in motion. When it comes to evacuations, Mushkegowuk Council EMS manager Wilbert Wesley said a lot has transformed. “We see new advancements coming out, the federal government has come out with plans in regards to the First Nations and what options First Nations have to bring us to the table and make decisions for ourselves,” he told TimminsToday. When remote communities on the James Bay coast…

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