The City of Yellowknife have released their official response and welcome to the influx of Hay River residents.
In a released statement, the City has given their welcome to community members from Hay River as well as members of the Kátł’odeeche First Nation who were ordered to evacuate their communities as a result of wildfires.
“The City is once again ready, willing and able to help our neighbours in their time of need,” said Mayor Rebecca Alty. “We are grateful to everyone who delivers supports and services to provide the residents of Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation with a home away from home”.
The City is working with several Government of the Northwest Territories departments through the North Slave Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) in responding to the need to provide immediate shelter for evacuees arriving in our community. Evacuees are being asked to register with Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority (YHSSA) at the Multiplex. As such, the Multiplex will be closed to the general public until further notice.
For Yellowknife residents, the City has suggested several courses of action they can take to help out with our displaced neighbours.
If business owners would like to to provide assistance, they can reach out to the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce to arrange their efforts. The Chamber can be contacted at [email protected]
Individuals who wish to help are encouraged to make cash donations as material donations create logistical problems for emergency agencies trying to meet the demands of this serious incident. Donations can be sent by clicking here.