Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia (October 12, 2010) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and Dzawada'enuxw (Tsawataineuk) First Nation Chairman, Joe Willie, met in Kingcome Inlet today to view damage caused by recent flooding and to set in motion plans for repairs and for returning community members to their homes.
"Any time people are forced to leave their homes during an emergency, it can be traumatic. For the people of the Dzawada'enuxw (Tsawataineuk) First Nation this has been compounded by damage to some homes in their community," said Minister Duncan.
"Visiting the community has allowed me to see the extent of the damage and the efforts it will take to complete the repairs. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada is committed to helping people return to their homes as soon as possible. We will continue to work in partnership with our provincial and First Nation counterparts to ensure concerns of community members are addressed."
Council Chair Joe Willie of the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation said, "Our community has suffered enough. We want to go home. Our community is anxious to begin the clean up and repairs to get our families back to their homes. It will take time and the continued support of all to make this happen. We welcome the on-site visit of Minister Duncan and First Nations leadership who can see first-hand the work that needs to be done. The Dzawada'enuxw appreciate Minister Duncan's support, and appreciate the commitment to ensure resources are available for our full recovery from this extraordinary crisis."
"I would like to thank the people of Alert Bay and the Namgis First Nation for opening your homes and hearts to support your neighbours in need," said Minister Duncan. "Your generosity has made all the difference."
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable John Duncan
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Dzawada'enuxw First Nation