OTTAWA, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister
of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today announced that
delivery of services for 2011 Manitoba flood evacuees will fully
transition from the Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters (MANFF) to the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) by February 1, 2014.
"Our Government's priority is the health and safety of First Nations and
that's why we have been working with the Canadian Red Cross to ensure
evacuees continue to get the services and support they need until they
can safely return to their home communities," said Minister Valcourt.
"The Red Cross has a long history of providing disaster relief and
recovery assistance in Canada and around the world," said John Byrne,
Director General, Disaster Management, for the Canadian Red Cross. "We
welcome the opportunity to lend our expertise in disaster recovery to
the Government of Canada in supporting the long-term recovery needs of
the 2011 Manitoba flood evacuees."
"MANFF welcomes this transition to the Canadian Red Cross," said the
Board of Directors of MANFF. "The well-being of the people
affected remains our priority. We will work with all partners to ensure
a seamless transition and will continue to support evacuees through
"I am pleased by this announcement today, as flood evacuees and their
families would greatly benefit from the expertise and knowledge the Red
Cross possesses through their many years of dedicated service to those
who are in need of assistance," said the Honourable Eric Robinson,
Manitoba Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs.
The full transition is expected to be complete by February 1, 2014. From
that point on, the Canadian Red Cross will assume responsibility for
the temporary provision of benefits and services to Manitoba First
Nations 2011 flood evacuees. The Government's priority remains to
achieve a long-term accommodation solution for the First Nation
communities that were affected by the 2011 floods.
In the coming weeks, the federal government, the province and the
Canadian Red Cross will be working together with MANFF to fully
implement the transition of services. All parties share the goal of a
smooth transition and have used the needs assessment conducted by the
Canadian Red Cross to build an understanding of the needs of evacuees.
The Government of Canada remains focused on four priorities, as outlined
by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families,
the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a
citizen of this country, and their personal financial security.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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