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Southern Chiefs' Organization

Southern Chiefs' Organization

1 day 2 hours ago

IRTC Evacuees: priority for hotel rooms are Elders, Families with small children and expectant mothers. Here are community rooms at Victoria Inn listed for evacuees to go to:

Southern Chiefs' Organization

1 day 2 hours ago

FNHSSM is calling for donations:

Southern Chiefs' Organization

Southern Chiefs' Organization

1 day 19 hours ago

Attention Evacuees
Important Information - Oct. 16
New Reception Centre location at the RBC Convention Centre
Please take note of the following information:

Reception Centre:

Meals:
• If you have a restaurant on-site you can access meals at your hotel.
• If your hotel does not have access to meals, meals will be delivered to your hotel.
• If you are staying in the shelter, meals will be on site at the Reception Centre/Shelter Buses.
• Buses to Reception Centre/Shelter.
• Buses will run every day (see bottom for bus loops).

Shower Facility:
• If you don’t have access to a shower, shower facilities are available at the University of Winnipeg. To get to the shower facility a bus will be running regularly from the RBC Convention Centre to the University of Winnipeg.
• Hygiene kits are available at the Reception Centre.
• Towels will be provided at the University of Winnipeg.
• You will need your Red Cross card to access the shower facility.

Supplies:
• If you are at the RBC Reception Centre/Shelter, come and see us to get baby products, baby formula and hygiene kits.

Registration:
• All registration will be done at Reception Centre at the RBC Convention Centre. The Reception Centre room has been changed to the Pan-Am Room.
• If you are not registered with the Canadian Red Cross, please do so at your earliest convenience. Please note that you must register to access any Red Cross services.

Hotels:
• Unfortunately, some of the spaces at hotels are no longer available after a certain amount of
time due to previous bookings. If you are informed you have to check out of your hotel for that reason, it is unfortunate but unavoidable. Please go to the Reception Centre and meet with the Red Cross team who will work with you to reassess your situation and determine new lodging.

New Reception Centre Location at the RBC Convention Centre

Partners in Reception Centre (RBC Centre):
• Health Services will be on site from 9am-5pm, and Grand Medicine will be there to assist
with medications
• MKO Crisis Counselling
• Bear Clan
• CRC Safety and Wellbeing
• Ma Mawi is providing recreation, community connections and kids programing from 9am-
9pm.

Partners at the Reception Centre/Shelter (RBC Convention Centre):
• Health services will be on site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Grand Medicine will be there to assist with medications
• MKO crisis counselling
• Bear Clan Patrol
• Ma Mawi is providing recreation, community connections and kids programing from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Canadian Red Cross safety and wellbeing team

Questions and Inquiries:
• Come see us at the Reception Centre
• Can’t make it down there? Call us for questions! Please note that all registration must happen in person at the Reception Centre. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-888-662-3211.

Thank you for all of your patience and support.
Please see CRC if you need anything.

Important Information– Bus Routes from Hotels to
Reception Centre at RBC Convention Centre:

Buses will be running from the following hotels to the RBC Convention Centre Reception Centre from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Best Western Airport
• Best Western Plus Downtown
• Canad Inns Destination Centre Heath Sciences Centre
• Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park
• Canad Inns Destination Centre Garden City
• Canad Inns Destination Centre Transcona
• Clarion Winnipeg
• Comfort Inn Winnipeg Airport
• Comfort Inn Winnipeg South
• Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
• Four Crown Hotel
• Hilton Winnipeg Airport
• Holiday Inn Downtown
• Holiday Inn Winnipeg South
• Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport Polo Park
• Howard Johnson Express Inn
• The Marlborough Hotel
• Motel 6 Headingley / Winnipeg West
• Sandman Hotel & Suites
• Super 8 Winnipeg East
• Super 8 Winnipeg West
• The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview
• Travelodge Winnipeg East
• Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Winnipeg
• Alt Hotel
• Delta Hotels St. Mary
• Fairmont Winnipeg
• Humphry Inn & Suites Downtown Winnipeg
• Days Inn & Suits by Wyndham Winnipeg Airport
• Fairfield Inn & Suites Winnipeg
• Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport West
• Homewood Suites by Hilton Winnipeg Airport Polo Park
• Viscount Gort Hotel
• Norwood Hotel
• Best Western Plus Pembina
• Quality Inn & Suites
• Hilton Garden Inn
• South Beach Hotel & Casino
• Radison
• Courtyard Marriott
• Park West
• Canadiana Motor Inn

Southern Chiefs' Organization

1 day 23 hours ago

(WINNIPEG, Oct. 15, 2019) – First Nation Chiefs and Councils, the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC), the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), the Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO), Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Regional Chief Hart, and the Canadian Red Cross are working together to ensure all of the individuals evacuated from up to 13 First Nations in Manitoba, due to the recent power outage and State of Emergency, are receiving the assistance they require.

As of 9 a.m. today, the Canadian Red Cross team had registered more than 5,700 individuals who were evacuated from their home communities due to the power outage that was a result of last week’s major snowstorm. Some of these communities have been without power for 96 hours (four days) or more. Both the leadership of the IRTC and the Province of Manitoba have declared a State of Emergency due to the hydro outages and limited road access.

About 120 evacuees stayed overnight at the RBC Convention Centre shelter while the remainder were lodged in hotels or in private accommodations in Winnipeg and throughout southern Manitoba, including Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Dauphin, and Brandon. The RBC Convention Centre warming shelter can accommodate about 1,000 people with temporary cots and meals.

Evacuees who have not yet registered are encouraged to go to the Reception Centre at the RBC Convention Centre to be registered by the Canadian Red Cross team. Registering ensures the people still impacted by the storm can get the support they need.

Support will continue to be provided for the people affected by the power outage for as long as necessary. The response is part of an agreement between the Canadian Red Cross and the federal government to provide disaster assistance to First Nations in Manitoba.

Chief Cornell McLean of Lake Manitoba First Nation said, “Interlake Reserves Tribal Council and its’ staff are working very hard in this emergency management situation. Our heartfelt prayers to all of those affected. We have been working 12-16 hour shifts to ensure our community members are housed in proper lodging requirements. We ask everyone to be patient during these times.

In some situations, we have hotels that only were available for 2-3 nights and we are looking at alternative hotel arrangements for those needing them. Red Cross is now taking in the new lodging requirements, with priorities focused on people with medical conditions, the elderly, and parents with children.”

Chief McLean goes on to say: “Our communities have been told that by October 20, 2019, Hydro should be back on. I have to comment that IRTC and Red Cross have been working well together to address our emergency needs. While there is no perfect solution, we have been working around the clock non-stop to ensure our people are taken care of. We continue to look at solutions in this situation so that proper care is administered.”

Red Cross, IRTC and other First Nation organizations continue to collaborate and work together for solutions in these trying times.

All organizations are working to ensure evacuees receive the medical services they are requiring and ensuring families have adequate food, water, and supplies, such as diapers and hygiene products. Recreation activities are being provided: at the RBC Convention Centre by Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre; the University of Winnipeg large soccer gymnasium; Eagle Urban Transition Centre is facilitating a kids’ swim field trip; MFNERC has provided 50 movie passes; and Bear Clan is supplying snacks, food, and clothing.

Donations of items such as clothing for evacuees are being accepted by the Bear Clan Patrol. Please take donations to the Bear Clan Den at 584 Selkirk Ave. in Winnipeg, MB.

Southern Chiefs' Organization

1 day 23 hours ago

http://scoinc.mb.ca/2019-state-of-emergency-evacuee-outrage/:

First Nations’ leadership are expressing their outrage at the reports of First Nation evacuees experiencing racist behavior during this difficult and stressful time.

Reports have been shared about evacuees from various locations across Manitoba, including online, about how they have encountered racism when purchasing fuel at gas stations, buying food, emergency supplies, and purchasing generators. Hotels have turned away evacuees when there are obvious vacancies, which leadership say is discriminatory and completely unacceptable.

Evacuees have been directed to lodging in Winnipeg, Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, and Dauphin, where there are numerous reports of racist and unacceptable behavior from staff and management including disparaging remarks, prioritizing non-Indigenous customers, and in some instances, hotels shutting down pool access.

Chief Cornell McLean of Lake Manitoba First Nation, one of the hardest hit communities, said “I don’t want to believe the reports, but they are confirmed reports and it is so sad that our communities continue to experience racism especially during an unprecedented weather event like this winter storm. I am also encouraged that our own organizations are stepping up to support our evacuees, such the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC), by providing 50 movie passes for families and also providing security at our schools while communities are evacuated.”

Chief Glenn Hudson of Peguis First Nation, one of the largest First Nations in Manitoba, said “This unprecedented winter storm that caused significant electrical and communication shutdowns and limited road access created a critical need during an unsafe time for immediate evacuations to take place. The most important activities we focused on were to ensure we were able to provide basic needs such as food, water, medication, and to find safe and warm places to stay. There is no place in business to treat First Nation patrons with racist attitudes, especially in a time of crisis. We call for the support of businesses to immediately address these racial behaviours with their staff. The Chiefs are calling on the Chamber of Commerce in Winnipeg, Brandon, Dauphin, and Selkirk to address this issue with local businesses.”

As of this morning, more than 5,700 people are registered with the Canadian Red Cross, with the vast majority staying in hotels in Winnipeg, Selkirk, Portage la Prairie, and Dauphin.

Chiefs will be following up with their local Chamber of Commerce organizations, as well as the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce, and have already shared their concerns about the racism with Minister Eileen Clarke of the Government of Manitoba, and with Indigenous Services Canada and Health Canada.

AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas says “Our First Nations’ citizens are already in a heightened state of distress and don’t need to tolerate any additional unwarranted pressure from businesses or vendors. This is an emergency situation and we should all be working together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of anyone affected by this winter storm. First Nations’ people contribute billions to the Manitoba economy and deserve equal and respectful treatment of business operators and employees. Our Chiefs have voiced their outrage at these discriminatory actions of local businesses and their staff, with the full support of AMC.”

SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says “It is a double standard on how First peoples are treated every day in every aspect. It is very disheartening to hear that during a ‘State of Emergency’, our First Nation peoples continue to endure racist behavior by businesses and in online attacks. Let’s be clear—we will not continue to accept this and we will be proactively dealing with this very serious issue. When First Nations contribute $9.3 billion to the Manitoba economy, it is shameful to know that this type of behavior continues. We know there are many good people out there, and we ask that if you see or hear something that isn’t right, to speak up and stop the racism.”

Southern Chiefs' Organization

2 days 6 hours ago

“People are just looking for warmth and something to eat,” Jerry Daniels, Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs Organization, told CBC News.

“The necessities are what people are worried about,”

Daniels says he is concerned about overcrowding in emergency shelters, especially for the vulnerable.

“We’re hoping to keep our elders and those who are sick in much more comfortable situations, including local hotels,” he said.

Southern Chiefs' Organization

Southern Chiefs' Organization

2 days 9 hours ago

Attention Evacuees
Important Information - Oct. 15:

New Reception Centre location at the RBC Convention Centre. Please note that there is no longer a Reception Centre at the Holiday Inn on Ellice.

Please take note of the following information:

Meals:

• If you have a restaurant on-site you can access meals at your hotel
• If not, you can take the bus to the Reception Centre/Shelter and access meals there
Buses to Reception Centre
• Buses will run every day in loops between hotels and the Reception Centre/Shelter (see the page for bus loops)

Supplies:

If you are at the RBC Reception Centre/Shelter, come and see us to get baby products, baby
formula and hygiene kits.

Registration:

All registration will be done at Reception Centre at the RBC Convention Centre. If you have not yet
registered with the Canadian Red Cross, please do so at your earliest convenience.
Please note to access any Red Cross services, you must register with the Red Cross.

Partners at the Reception Centre/Shelter (RBC Convention Centre):

• Health services will be on site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Grand Medicine will be there to
assist with medications
• MKO crisis counselling
• Bear Clan Patrol
• Canadian Red Cross safety and wellbeing team
Questions and inquiries
• Come see us at the Reception Centre
• Can’t make it down there? Call us for questions! Please note that all registration must be done in
person at the Reception Centre
If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-888-662-3211

Important Information– Bus Routes from Hotels to
Reception Centre at RBC Convention Centre:

Buses will be running from the following hotels to the RBC Convention Centre Reception Centre/Shelter from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.:
• Victoria Inn
• Norwood
• Sandman
• The Marlborough
• Delta
• Viscount Gort
• Fairfield
• Fairmont
• Quality Inn
• Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport West
• Holiday Inn Downtown
• Holiday Inn South
• Holiday Inn Polo Park
• The Grand
• Howard Johnson
• Best Western Plus (Airport)
• Best Western Plus (Downtown)
• Best Western Plus (Pembina)
• Four Crowns
• Super 8 East
• Super 8 West
• Motel 6
• CanadInns HSC
• CanadInns Polo Park
• Comfort Inn
• Days Inn
• Clarion
• Hilton South

Southern Chiefs' Organization

3 days 23 hours ago

Bloodvein First Nation has their POWER BACK ON since 3:00 pm today Sunday October 13, 2019.

Great news for the citizens of Bloodvein First Nation!

Southern Chiefs' Organization

4 days 2 hours ago

FIRST NATIONS EVACUEES
SHUTTLE SERVICE
Leaves every 30 Minutes (both directions)

FROM: VICTORIA INN
TO: REGISTRATION CENTRE at 1740 ELLICE (HOLIDAY INN - MADISON ROOM)

Southern Chiefs' Organization

4 days 4 hours ago

NOTICE TO FIRST NATION EVACUEES:

EVACUEE REGISTRATION: Red Cross In Winnipeg at 1740 Ellice Madison Room (Holiday Inn), OPEN 24/7 All day and night.

If you already have a HOTEL ROOM please Register in person with the Red Cross later in the day please.

The Red Cross Registration Office is at capacity and the wait for evacuees to register is very very long. If you already have accommodations please come by later today.

Please ensure you have let your community know where you are. Tell your community evacuee contact person know via email - text - phone call where you are and what hotel you are staying at or if you are registering at the Red Cross for accommodations.

For Evacuees, Accommodations will be provided for those most in need and others will be directed to the Convention Centre Warming Centre for First Nation Evacuees.


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