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Kashechewan evacuated

BY Dan Isaac May 2, 2019

Please look out for [each other] and just in case prepare your boats.

Hosea Wesley, Kashechewan Resident

The community of Kashechewan began its yearly evacuation today as large ice flows are making there way down the Albany River.

Photo taken today from Fort Albany Airport. The community is on the other side of the flooded road.

People in Kashechewan are being helicoptered to the airport and Air Creebec has sent two Bombardier Dash 8s to assist with the evacuation efforts.

Last night, Kashechewan community member Hosea Wesley took to Facebook to put her neighbours on high alert.

“I [was] just inform[ed] by the Deputy Chief and Thomas Halfway… There is… ice coming down [the Albany River] and it’s… 40 air miles long,” wrote Wesley. “ I would urge everyone to prepare. That’s a lot of ice and it must have water… Please look out for [each other] and just in case prepare… your boats.”

CORRECTION: an early version of the story mistakenly said the neighboring community of Fort Albany was also being evacuated. The Nation regrets the error.

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Dan Isaac is a Mi'kmaq and Mohawk journalist with a BA in Creative writing from Concordia University. He’s been writing for the Nation since 2016.