Thunder Bay – News – The City of Thunder Bay is set to welcome evacuees from Kashechewan as flooding ravages the First Nation community.
Following a request from the Province, Thunder Bay has agreed to be a host community for approximately 300 guests from Kashechewan.
Expressing his solidarity with the First Nation community, Mayor Ken Boshcoff stated that the City of Thunder Bay is always willing and able to help its neighbours in times of need.
“The City of Thunder Bay is willing and able to help our neighbours in their time of need, as we have in the past,” said Mayor Ken Boshcoff. “I am grateful to the many people who plan and deliver the supports and services to provide the residents of Kashechewan a home away from home.”
The City has put in place all necessary resources to ensure the wellbeing of the evacuees, in collaboration with partners such as the Canadian Red Cross, Indigenous Services Canada, Fort William First Nation, ISN/Waskwa, Ontario Health North, and Emergency Management Ontario (EMO).
The City is closely monitoring the situation in partnership with EMO representatives, with planning continuing to ensure the smooth and safe arrival of the evacuees. A full cost recovery agreement has been established between Indigenous Services Canada and the City.
Kashechewan, located near James Bay in Northern Ontario, is a First Nation community that has been hit hard by flooding, prompting the Province to seek assistance from Thunder Bay.