Celebrating the opening of a new fire hall
HATCHET LAKE FIRST NATION, SK, Dec. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today congratulated the community of Hatchet Lake First Nation on the grand opening of its new fire hall. The hall is equipped to house the community's fire truck and all related firefighting equipment, as well as provide both office and training space for fire fighters.
The Government of Canada contributed $525,000 toward the $1.2 million project, with the First Nation contributing $365,400 of their own-source funding, to plan, design and construct the hall. Also, Areva Resources Canada and Cameco Corporation each contributed $200,000 toward the project.
- Hatchet Lake is located 724 km northwest of Prince Albert, SK.
- Canada continues to work collaboratively with First Nations and the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) to educate and improve fire protection in Aboriginal communities across Canada.
"We all have a role to play in preventing fires in our homes and communities, which is why our Government is proud to partner with the Hatchet Lake First Nation on the completion of a new fire hall. This investment is a clear demonstration of our continued commitment to ensuring that First Nations receive emergency services comparable to all Canadians."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"I am proud to be a part of a Government that continues to make key investments that lead to concrete benefits for First Nation communities in my region. I also want to congratulate Hatchet Lake First Nation on the completion of this project that makes a positive difference for the health and safety of community members."
Member of Parliament for Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River
"In a remote community such as ours, ensuring our firefighters have access to modern equipment and facilities is critical to ensuring an effective and timely response when they are called upon. By investing in a new fire hall, we are really investing in the safety and well being of our community and residents."
Chief Bart Tsannie
Hatchet Lake First Nation
"At our operations, safety is the number one priority. This investment in the health and safety of residents of Hatchet Lake and surrounding area shows our commitment to northern communities and we are proud to participate."
President and CEO, Cameco Corporation
"At AREVA we are committed to supporting northern communities where our employees live. We are proud to partner in projects such as this one that protect the well-being of Hatchet Lake residents and ensure that the community can continue to thrive."
President and CEO, AREVA Resources Canada
- Learn more about AFAC's #BeFireSafe campaign.
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SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information: Erica Meekes, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, 819-997-0002; Media Relations, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, 819-953-1160