Northern Saskatchewan forest fires force evacuees to Regina

Posted: June 30, 2015 8:50 a.m.

On Tuesday, June 30, evacuated families will arrive on campus to stay in the University residences.
On Tuesday, June 30, evacuated families will arrive on campus to stay in the University residences. Photo: U of R Photography

As part of an ongoing partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, the University of Regina is working to accommodate a number of evacuees from the Red Earth First Nation, located 225 kilometres northeast of Prince Albert.

According to a report from the province's fire management branch, Saskatchewan has 121 active wildfires – 52 that are larger than 100 hectares. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the Saskatchewan communities threatened by fires.

On Tuesday, June 30, evacuated families will arrive on campus to stay in the University residences.

“Arrangements have been made with the University of Regina’s Residence Services, Food Services, and other campus units to welcome evacuees to campus, feed them, and make their stay as comfortable as possible,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor.

“The University is also working with Kinesiology and Health Studies to make recreational facilities available to our visitors,” she says. Additionally, First Nations University of Canada is working with the University to provide support for the evacuees during their stay on campus.

In partnership with first responders, emergency managers, public officials, and in collaboration with other voluntary sector organizations, the Red Cross provides emergency and disaster services such as emergency lodging, reception and information, emergency food, emergency clothing, personal services, and family reunification services.

For more information, visit http://www.redcross.ca/in-your-community/saskatchewan. The Red Cross also provides a toll-free number for those who have been evacuated but have yet to register for shelter: 1-888-953-3463.