Ogichidaa Kavanaugh Extends Condolences to Chief Ava Hill, Six Nations
On Friday, December 8, 2017, the community of Six Nations had a tragic house fire which resulted in the death of a 3-year-old boy and the hospitalization of other children. “There is nothing more heartbreaking than the loss of a child and our hearts go out to the family, community and especially the first responders who attended the scene,” stated Ogichidaa Kavanaugh.
To reduce the tragedies of house fires there is a need for ongoing fire prevention and education for our children as well as the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in homes. Fire escape safety plans are beneficial only if everyone knows the plan and if everyone can escape the home. Increasing the housing stock in communities would assist in ensuring that homes are up to code and would address overcrowding that is prevalent and also presents a risk in the event of a house fire. Funding for fire fighters to increase the number of trained community members who can also assist in a fire in the community would reduce also reduce response times to a fire emergency in the community.
On behalf of the Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty#3, the Treaty#3 leadership expresses their heartfelt condolences to the family and to the community of Six Nations. “Our territories are united in grief of the loss of a child”, and the need for no more lives to be lost in tragic house fires.”