SIGA commits to help fire relief efforts in North
- EFN Staff | July 19, 2015
The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) has committed $100,000 for relief efforts in addition to volunteering and fundraising to help Saskatchewan forest fire evacuees.
“We would like to recognize the hard work of all of the people in communities across this province who are involved in relief efforts and getting the wildfires under control," said SIGA’s Board Chair Reginald Bellerose about the ongoing relief efforts. "The safety of our communities has been a major concern for us all and there have been so many groups and individuals that have worked tirelessly to support the regions and people where the fires are burning. Thank you all.”
Many of SIGA’s employees are from the communities that have been struggling through the evacuations. SIGA and its employees conducted fundraising events, in addition to donating hundreds of meals and necessary items such as water and baby blankets. These are just a few of the ways that they gave their support to those in need.
“We are supporting the Red Cross and the Salvation Army in their work, and we have also stepped up our efforts by donating funds directly through the Prince Albert Grand Council and the Meadow Lake Tribal Council for their communities,” shared SIGA’s President & CEO Zane Hansen. “It has been outstanding to also see our employees giving even more; they are involved in efforts above and beyond what anyone would expect of them. We are very proud of them.”
SIGA will continue to support efforts in these matters and our thoughts remain foremost with the people of the province that are struggling with the effects of these these wildfires.
- Redirection of mail to other evacuation centres now possible
- Access to credit services for fire evacuees
- Crown corps provide overdue bill relief for evacuees
- SPL offering services to evacuees even without ID
- Evacuation uncomfortable for mothers, expectant mothers
- Red Earth evacuees head far south for better air