Fire Evacuation

August 19, 2021

Over the summer, several of the Southeast communities were evacuated to Winnipeg and Brandon due to wildfires. These fires lasted for over two months and community members were housed in twenty-three hotels throughout Winnipeg and three hotels in Brandon.

In partnership with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Shawenim Abinoojii Inc., and WASAC, the Prevention and Cultural Services Unit coordinated daily activities and weekly recreational outings for community members to enjoy. The Prevention Unit temporarily moved to a satellite office located inside the Sargent Tommy Prince Place in the North End of Winnipeg. This location was the main activity site where we welcomed all evacuated youth every day. Chartered school busses provided transportation between each hotel and this site.

With assistance from support staff and other service providers, daily activities included; traditional sports and games, drumming, crafts, as well as access to the community splash pad and playground. Additional weekly outings to local bowling alleys, movie theatres, barbeques at Assiniboine Park, horseback riding, trips to Birds Hill Beach, Bingo nights, and private functions at the local Wonder Shows carnival were provided.

The Agency appreciates all those involved in this huge endeavour.

We are happy to report that most community members have now returned home.


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