Keewaywin residents prepare to return home
July 19, 2019 – A number of essential services workers have made their way back to their homes in Keewaywin First Nation in order to prepare for the safe return of the rest of the community over the remainder of this week.
A total of 163 evacuees have been hosted at the Ramada Inn since July 4, due to a forest fire in Western Canada, and it is expected that most will return home on Saturday from both Timmins and Sioux Lookout.
“This was the third community hosted by the City of Timmins this year, and I am very proud that we have the resources to be able to offer this safe haven for those being forced out of their homes,” said Mayor George Pirie. “Once again, the city was able to answer the call for assistance from our upper levels of government by accepting evacuees displaced by this sizable forest fire, and accomplished it in a way that was welcoming to the people from Keewaywin, respectful of their Indigenous traditions, and supportive of their health and social needs. We would like to thank all the community partners who assisted in ensuring the best possible experience for a community displaced so far from their homes.”
Earlier this spring, the City of Timmins also hosted residents from Keshechewan due to flooding, and Pikangikum due to fire. Evacuation partners include Gervais Emergency Consulting, the Red Cross, Ramada Inn, Timmins Fire Department, Timmins Police Service, Timmins Victor M. Power Airport, and the Porcupine Health Unit.