The Canadian Press

2015-02-20 | Saskatchewan Fire Children Dead

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A Saskatchewan reserve where two children were killed in a house fire has had a working fire truck for several years. But it sits parked in the snow on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan (sah-GAY'-gen) First Nation because it doesn't have proper equipment and there's no trained fire crew. Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt responded in the House of Commons to Opposition criticism about inadequate funding to First Nations. (The reserve had hired the services of a volunteer fire department in the neighbouring village of Loon Lake. But the village cut the reserve off because it hadn't paid its firefighting bills since last spring.)

Date: 2015-02-20
Placeline: OTTAWA.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 15 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << the government of Canada provides First Nations across the country with funds every year for fire protection and the fact of the matter is that each band council is responsible for fire management production on weekends >>