Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler brings recommendations for better fire safety in First Nations to Ottawa – CBC

by pmnationtalk on December 6, 2017245 Views

Lack of regulations are causing “needless deaths in our communities,” according to Fiddler

December 06, 2017

Representatives from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) spoke to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAF) in Ottawa Tuesday, bringing with them long-running safety concerns in a number of First Nations.

NAN’s Grand Chief, Alvin Fiddler, along with housing and infrastructure director, Michael McKay and Thunder Bay Fire Chief John Hay spoke to the committee about recommendations from the Amber Campaign.

“You know the fundamental issue here is the utter lack of standards of any kind in our communities,” said Fiddler.

There is currently no oversight for enforcing housing codes or fire standards causing “needless deaths in our communities,” according to Fiddler.

In March, 2016 Pikangikum First Nation lost nine people in a house fire including three children. The Amber Campaign is named after Amber Strang, a 5-month-old who died in that fire. Mishkeegogamang First Nation has also lost about 30 people since 1980 to fires, said Fiddler.

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