These 14 videos provide Canadian Indigenous disaster evacuees with an opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with a broad, international audience. Every year hundreds of Indigenous people are evacuated from their homes and some remain displaced for months or even years. Indigenous evacuees have important stories to share about this largely invisible situation. Through the videos, participants explain in their own words the short and long-term impacts from evacuations, highlight how pre-existing strengths and challenges influenced their capacities to cope with the evacuation, and outline their thoughts on important insights and lessons gained. These videos capture perspectives from four communities: Lytton First Nation/Kanaka Bar Band, BC; Cormorant Island, BC; Long Plain First Nation, MB; and Eskasoni First Nation, NS.
Thank you to the community members who generously shared their stories and wisdom and made this project possible.
Cormorant Island, BC: Shannon Alfred
Lytton First Nation/Kanaka Bar Band, BC: Christine Brown, Jennifer Brown, Jim Brown, Trevor Robinson and Merika Sam
Long Plain First Nation, MB: Eunice and Clemance Assiniboine, Linda Bunn, Trudy Hobson, Liz Merrick and Kathryn Myran
Eskasoni First Nation, NS: Irene Knockwood, Darlene Marshall and Peter Stevenson
We also encourage you to review the following PDFs:
From Displacement to Hope A Guide Final Version March 2017
Mutual Aid Guide
Please note: We will be updating this content in the coming days with additional content for each video. Please check back soon.