Kashechewan taking new path for evacuations

By Amanda Rabski-McColl Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A Northern Ontario First Nation community is taking the lead in its emergency response with a new partner. Kashechewan First Nation and Missanabie Cree First Nation ISN Maskwa have agreed to collaborate and use each other’s services exclusively through the upcoming flood and fire seasons. The agreement is the first of its kind. The agreement includes community safety personnel, security, transportation including air and bus travel, flight co-ordination, catering services, and accommodations. “It’s not only about meeting their needs, but it’s also about creating capacity within their own community for emergency response,” said Joe Sayers, Missanabie Cree First Nation ISN Maskwa’s general manager. “So there’s commitments in training.” These supports also extend to the work that needs to be done in the community…

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