Humanitarian build, response to Sandy Bay catastrophic fire

    SANDY BAY FIRST NATION, MB, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The family who lost a
child and their home in a tragic fire earlier this month at Sandy Bay First
Nation in Manitoba will be getting a new home thanks to a new First Nations'
owned housing company located in Ontario. RJ Ecosafe Homes, located on the Six
Nations Indian Reserve of the Grand River Territory has united with Sandy Bay
First Nation to build a Charitable Humanitarian New Ecosafe Home.
    On February 5, 2009, nine year old Hope Richard tragically lost her life
in a house fire on the Sandy Bay First Nation. Chief Russell Beaulieu said
"poverty and overcrowding has caused a death in our First Nation community and
will not be ignored. Federal Penitentiaries do not allow this type of
overcrowding as human rights are protected in the Canadian Constitution under
the Charter of Rights. This is simply a violation of Human Rights!"
    Due to the devastation caused by the catastrophic fire, RJ Ecosafe Homes
proprietor Ross Johnson and CEO, Dick Morrison, committed to this humanitarian
build. "We have a solution to the deplorable state of our First Nation housing
not a band-aid", said Owner, Ross Johnson, RJ Ecosafe Homes. "We need to take
care of our own people which requires the Government to work with us".
    The Sandy Bay First Nation Council will work in concert with RJ Ecosafe
Homes, a 100% First Nation owned home builder, to provide a new build for the
Richard Family devastated by fire, utilizing an innovative new product that
will provide a safe, healthy, and fire-resistant home.
    "As a former fire fighter, I feel the family's loss for the loved one. I
assure the Sandy Bay Chief and Council that the necessary steps are being
taken to replace the house which was lost with a new, safe and healthy home",
said CEO for RJ Ecosafe Homes, Dick Morrison.
    Representatives from RJ Ecosafe Homes visited Chief Beaulieu and the
Richard family last week and was immediately struck by the severe urgency of
the situation. Chief Beaulieu stressed that the Council is committed to
helping out the affected family and is committed to launching a housing
development for many other families in the same situation that are living with
similar risks.
    "I can't say enough about the quick response to this very tragic event.
RJ Ecosafe Homes is to be commended for their very generous offer and
leadership in bringing many fine people and business together to show how the
true spirit of corporate responsibility works" said MPP for Brant Dave Levac.
"This is an example of how, when communities are faced with such horrific
situations, good minds and good hearts step up to bring a solution".
    Sandy Bay Chief and Council and RJ Ecosafe Homes is appealing to
businesses, corporations, community groups, emergency response agencies,
municipal, provincial and federal governments, and the general public to step
forward and provide assistance to fulfill this humanitarian effort that will
deliver a modernized eco-friendly home.
    To date, RJ Ecosafe Homes have received donations from their corporate
partners Direct Energy, Cardinal Foundation Systems, LIUNA (Laborer's
International Union of North America) and Hidden Suites.
    Please make cheques payable to the "Hope Richard Trust Fund". Donations
may be sent to the Hope Richard Trust Fund c/o RJ Ecosafe Homes, 2453 Third
Line, Ohsweken, ON., N0A 1M0. For further information, please contact Mrs.
Paula Sevestre toll free at 1-877-768-1194.

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For further information: Mrs. Paula Sevestre, Office: (905) 768-1194,
Cell: (519) 209-6267

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