National Chief offers condolences following Nanoose First Nation house fire

OTTAWA, Jan. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today offered condolences following a house fire on the Nanoose First Nation (Snaw'Naw'As) that claimed the lives of two young brothers.

"On behalf of all First Nations and the Assembly of First Nations, I offer our deepest condolences to the parents and families of Devon and Jordan Drake who were lost in Wednesday's devastating fire," said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and all citizens of this small community who are impacted by this tragedy."

While the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, reports indicate the boys were staying with family friends following a windstorm that caused a power outage and danger of a tree falling on their own home.

Donations for the families can be made through the Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society by calling (250) 390-3123.

Nanoose First Nation is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, approximately 10 km north of Nanaimo, B.C. 

The Assembly of First Nation is the national organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada.


For further information:

Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer, Tel: 613-241-6789 ext. 382, cell 613-292-0857 or

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