WAWAKAPEWIN FN – Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says, “Getting the generator Wawakapewin First Nation from Pickle Lake — was the challenge yesterday”.
The ORC reports, “Today, the DND (Department of National Defence) will execute the following schedule:
PECO – Ontario Coordination
Tentative itinerary for the DND support helicopter for 2017-12-28 is as follows:
(CYWA) @ 10:30
Arrival in Timmins
(CYTS) @ 12:30 for refuelling
Arrival in Pickle Lake
(CYPL) @ 17:00
From there, it is anticipated that the schedule will be to move the generator to Wawakapewin First Nation tomorrow morning”.
Als, Canadian Rangers will be deployed to the community with a detailed schedule as outlined by Chief Anne Marie Beardy – a much-needed relief to the community.
Kasabonika Lake First Nation has sent in fuel supplies and helpers that have been supportive over the last couple days – they also have worked on having the winter road connected. Mike Morris has continued central to providing support to WFN and has been active from day one – along with the leadership and support of Chief Eno Anderson.
Overall, the planning and response with a combined effort from Wawakapewin, Kasabonika, Canada, and Ontario have been second to none.
Minister Jane Philpott has been working behind the scenes ensuring that her department in Ontario has a clear mandate to respond, as well she has been direct in her message to Community Safety Minister; who has tied in Department of Defence. This was also a direct request from Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management.
Ontario has been carrying out their central coordination through the Provincial Emergency Control Office (PECO). Ontario Regional Director General and other response partners continue to participate and provide planning and on the ground supports.
Another call is scheduled today to ensure transportation schedules and Canadian Ranger deployment is closing the loop on reaching the goal of restoring power to the community.
My continued support and acknowledgment to Chief Anne Marie and her team Crystal Spencer and Myles Tompkins.