(Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory/Kamloops – July 16th, 2017) On July 7th, 2017 the Province of BC issued a provincial state of emergency for the BC wildfire situation. Last night, on July 15th the Province issued an evacuation order for Williams Lake. During this uncertain time, as we monitor the changing circumstances in a number of areas of the Province, BCAFN would like to convey our thoughts and prayers to those impacted by the devastating fires.

“Many BC First Nations communities and citizens have been impacted by the wildfires and we at the BC Assembly of First Nations are committed to supporting our members in any way we can. This state of emergency has led to a stressful and scary set of circumstances and our thoughts and prayers go to those affected. We have a long period of time in front of us where hot, dry and unpredictable weather conditions will continue to influence this unstable situation,” stated A/Regional Chief Maureen Chapman. “I would like our membership to know that BCAFN staff and supports are available at any time to assist and please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us for any assistance that you many require. Furthermore, we thank all those that provided early efforts to respond to our communities for assistance and ensuring that First Nations are safe and secure.”

BCAFN is available to assist at any time, listed below are contact details for BCAFN staff. The FNLC (UBCIC, BCAFN, FNS) issues regular BC Wildfire updates which contain helpful information and details of support measures for communities. Please see http://bcafn.ca .

For further information or support please contact: 

Acting Regional Chief Maureen Chapman 604-819-2072
Melanie Debassige, Chief of Staff 250-299-6892
Maureen Buchan, Senior Policy Advisor 250-377-5418
Curtis Bedwell, Policy Analyst 250-682-1582