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Former northern Ontario chief to develop housing centres to ‘create a sense of security’ for evacuees – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 20, 201942 Views

Derek Stephen said the housing centres will be located in Timmins and Thunder Bay

Jun 20, 2019

The former chief of Kashechewan First Nation is using his experience as an evacuee to help “create a sense of security” for others who are forced to leave their community during forest fires or other emergency situations.

Derek Stephen said he got tired of being displaced throughout the province when he and his family were forced to leave their community every year, during the spring flood and is in the process of developing a pair of permanent housing centres in Timmins and Thunder Bay.

“It’s always been a personal experience for me since I was a young kid back in 85 when I first got evacuated from my community and also in 76,” Stephen explained. “One thing I looked at is all the stress that happens when all families are displaced like grandparents and great-grandparents don’t know where their grand-kids end up … because they are all over Ontario.”

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