Among the many groups providing services to evacuees in an official capacity are countless organizations and individuals around Prince George lending a helping hand however they are able. Elders Veronica Seymour and Albert Chingee were among those who volunteered time and resources this week, preparing bags of treats for children who have been evacuated.
They were in the Lheidli T’enneh tent, which was set up in the front courtyard at CNC soon after the emergency reception centre was established. Their presence is akin to being Host First Nation, providing support and a cultural connection for many of the evacuees now in Prince George. Lheidli T’enneh members have donated food and offered rides to get groceries or attend medical appointments. There is also an Elders’ room in the College where evacuees gather, make traditional food, and participate in arts and crafts. Elder Darlene McIntosh also hosts a daily smudge for evacuees.
The Lheidli T’enneh made history in 2015 when they were the first Host First Nation for a Canada Games. The role of host is one they are fulfilling again in 2017.