The Union of Northern Workers has just announced that they will be contributing $30,000 to the United Way NWT Emergency Response Fund to support evacuees from Kátł’odeeche First Nation and Hay River.
They also announced that the Public Service Alliance of Canada Social Justice Fund has committed to matching this donation, for a total of $60,000.
The UNW stated that this is the third year that NWT residents have had to leave their homes due to some kind of large scale emergency, and that the Union is ready and willing to do what is necessary to provide financial support to those in need right now.
Grayla Thunstrom, the President of the Union of Northern Workers, said in a statement;
“We also want to acknowledge the tireless work of our members, who are involved in all aspects of the emergency response and are often in dangerous situations. We see you, we appreciate you, and we thank you for your dedication to keeping your fellow residents safe and supported through these difficult and emotional times. Our hearts go out to all the displaced and worried residents. ”
United Way and the UNW are longtime financial partners, and together they have been helping to administer funds to qualifying local organizations to ensure residents affected by the Kátł’odeeche First Nation/Hay River Wildfire will get the aid they need.