AFN National Chief Calls for Immediate Action to Support Evacuated First Nations

OTTAWA, May 19 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today called for immediate action to support First Nation citizens and communities impacted by wildfires in Alberta. 

"First and foremost, and on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations and the national executive, our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by the devastating wildfires in Alberta region," said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. "It's times like this when we see some of the most vulnerable citizens in Canada become even more vulnerable. We are calling on all levels of government to work with First Nations to address both immediate needs and long-term community infrastructure needs in the wake of these fires." 

First Nation communities across Treaty 8 territory in Alberta have been impacted by wildfires which ignited last weekend. Seven First Nations have been directly impacted and close to 2,000 people have been displaced by this emergency.

Treaty 8 will be hosting a special event tomorrow including a BBQ and are asking for donations of personal items and financial support for the displaced families. The event will take place from 11am - 3:30 pm at the Santa Fe Plaza 18178 - 102 Avenue in Edmonton.

Please contact Treaty 8 for more information (contact information is on the Treaty 8 website at www.treaty8.ca) or Laury Supernant and Chantale Mailhot at 780-444-9366. 

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN and National Chief Atleo on Twitter @AFN_Updates, @AFN_Comms and @NCAtleo.

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For further information:

Joseph Jobin, Chief Operating Officer Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta - 780-444-9366 or jjobin@treaty8.org

Victor Horseman, Grand Chief Liaison Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta - 780-444-9366, ext 250 or cell 780-984-3031 or vhorseman@treaty8.org

Don Kelly, AFN A/Communications Director 613-241-6789 ext. 334 or cell: 613-292-2787 or e-mail dkelly@afn.ca

Jenna Young, AFN Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401 or jyoung@afn.ca

Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer (613) 241-6789, ext 382 or agaron@afn.ca

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