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NAN calls for inquest on anniversary of tragic fire that killed nine – Sudbury.com

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 201773 Views

Shoddy building standards, a lack of firefighting equipment and overcrowding all put lives at risk, says Pikangikum First Nation Chief Dean Owen.

PIKANGIKUM FIRST NATION – On the one-year anniversary of a tragic fire that killed nine people in Pikangikum First Nation, Nishnawbe Aski Nation leaders have called for an inquest into the tragedy.

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, in a release issued on Thursday, said is beyond past time.

“We remember the tragedy in Pikangikum a year ago and we pray for strength and healing for the families, chief and council and the entire community. It is unacceptable that house fires continue to claim lives in our communities,” Fiddler said.

“We are calling for an inquest into fire safety in memory of all those we have lost in fires across NAN territory over the years, and to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again.”

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