MMF Offers Support to Slave Lake Evacuees

May 25, 2011

For immediate release
May 20, 2011

- Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand says the thoughts and prayers of all Metis citizens of Manitoba are with those devastated by wildfires in Slave Lake last weekend. "The devastation caused by the wildfires in and around Slave Lake have displaced the hundredss of residents including many of our fellow Metis, destroyed houses and businesses and severely damaged the town's infrastructure"

The President's comments were made shortly after the news Friday afternoon that Prime Minister Stephen Harper toured the community from the air with Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. "I applaud the speedy reaction by both the federal and provincial governments both financially and logistically to help reduce the hardship the fire created on Slave Lake residents" said Chartrand. The province announced an initial $50 million contribution to cover housing and other costs earlier this week. The money started flowing to the thousands of evacuees today"

Chartrand continued "I am confident that with the additional support of the Metis National Council and the Metis Nation of Alberta, the impacted Metis families will quickly begin the long process of rebuilding their lives"


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