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Secwepemc chiefs calling for donations of traditional foods to get through wildfire crisis

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July 25, 2017 - 11:04 AM

KAMLOOPS - With eight of the 17 Secwepemc communities impacted by the B.C. wildfires causing limited access to certain traditional foods, the chiefs are asking anybody in non-impacted Secwepemc communities and non-Secwepemc communities to donate.

The foods they are looking for are part of their traditional diet that would normally be harvested at this time of year but they have not been able to due to the fires.

These foods include salmon, berries, meat, rice and potatoes.

The items are needed now as it is the time of year these communities begin stocking up for winter.

Currently, the communities of Alkali Lake, Soda Creek and Williams Lake Indian Band remain on evacuation order while Canim Lake, Bonaparte, Canoe-Dog Creek, Whispering Pines and Skeetchestn are on evacuation alert, though the elders in those communities have been moved for safety reasons.

Donations are being accepted at the Splatsin Community Centre in Enderby.

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