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Kashechewan asks PM to send in military as flood season approaches with COVID-19 preventing evacuations – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202023 Views

March 27, 2020

The chief of Kashechewan First Nation in northern Ontario has asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to send in Canadian Military engineers to help protect the community as the flood season fast approaches.

Chief Leo Friday wrote Trudeau Mar. 20 requesting the help as he suspects it’s just a matter of weeks before the Albany River overtakes the community like it does nearly every year.

“We request the assistance of the Canadian Military Engineers,” wrote Friday in his letter. “They have planned and executed many army deployments around the globe and can prove to be essential for this undertaking given the required experience and logistical capabilities.”

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the community members likely can’t be flown out as they have in the years past.

Friday is trying to move the community to higher ground, he told Trudeau.

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