A State of Emergency was declared Saturday, November 9th in Bearskin Lake First Nation when a massive ice blockage on the Severn River began to flood the community of approximately 450 people. Even before the flood, our community has never had streetlights, mainline plumbing to our houses, pavement, clean water, sewage systems, sidewalks, and grass. Yet this flood has made our community unsafe making evacuation our only option. Sadly, there has been an absence of support from the federal government and the military during this crisis.
Our community continues to be at risk for flash floods. Helicopters have been flown in to help with the evacuations of over 350 people. Vulnerable families with infants and elders have been evacuated to Sioux Lookout and the remaining population is currently being evacuated to Thunder Bay. Each person fled from their homes with only a 13lb carry on and a 40lb checked bag with very little hope of returning any time soon. We have been advised it may be a week, a month or even until spring before we are allowed to return to our homes.
There are 3 ways you can help the devastated people from Bearskin Lake: 1. Begin to talk about it and learn more about the impoverished situation for Canada’s First People. 2. Share this post. 3. Consider making a financial donation, your help will reach further than you can imagine.
All funds will be directed to Deputy Chief Billy Kamenawatamin of Bearskin Lake who will distribute funds where it is needed most. The children, elders and families in Bearskin need your help.
Remember, this is Canada, and everyone deserves to feel like they matter.
The beneficiary will be Roy Brown, who is the president of Monica will be withdrawing the money. It will then be given to Choose Life Organization, who will be giving ALL PROCEEDS to the Bearskin Community Chief.