PSAC Social Justice Fund, in collaboration with the Union of Northern Workers (UNW), is allocating $60,000 for emergency relief to support the residents of the flooded communities of Fort Simpson and Jean Marie River. PSAC North also announced a $10,000 donation to the fund.
Last fall, high water levels froze which created flooding with the arrival of the spring thaw. Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from Fort Simpson because half of it was partially submerged by the flood. Meanwhile, as houses filled with water, Jean Marie River, a village of about 100 residents, became virtually deserted over the weekend. Essential infrastructures like the school and fuel tanks supplying the community are majorly damaged.
“We are always ready to help communities in times of crisis. Our members and their families are directly affected at a time when the pandemic is still a serious threat,” said Chris Aylward, PSAC National President and Chair of the Social Justice Fund.
Many employers in the North contribute to the Social Justice Fund, including UNW employers such as the City of Yellowknife, the Village of Fort Simpson, Fort Simpson Housing and the Town of Hay River.
As a longstanding charitable partner, the United Way NWT will administer the funds to qualifying relief organizations.
“The residents of the affected areas are top of mind right now as we work with PSAC and the United Way NWT to provide financial aid to the qualifying organizations who can ensure residents affected by the flooding will get the aid they need,” said UNW President Todd Parsons.
“We are pleased to partner with PSAC and UNW. We also know that there are countless volunteers, organizations, companies and individuals who are already mobilizing assistance to the area. This funding and any other funding raised through this initiative will go directly to qualifying organizations to support those in need right now,” said Tracy St. Denis, Chair of United Way NWT.
Go to CanadaHelps to support qualifying programs and groups offering relief, clothing, shelter and food to NWT residents affected by the flooding.