Hatchet Lake Dene First Nation relies on mining money for fire hall
$1.3 million fire hall built in December
The deaths of two children this week in a fire on a northern Saskatchewan First Nation brought the state of adequate funding for fire services to the forefront.
"We lobbied for a new fire hall, because the one we had wasn't the best," Hatchet Lake Dene First Nation Chief Bart Tsannie said.
The government contributed $525,000, with the First Nation contributing $365,400 of its own-source funding, to plan, design and construct the hall. Also, Areva Resources Canada and Cameco Corporation each contributed $200,000 toward the project, according to the federal government.
However, the First Nation said it wouldn't have been built if the First Nation had to rely solely on government funding.
"There's people losing lives on some first nations which is really sad but, you know, this is the reason why we have to have good fire halls on First Nations right across Canada," he said. "They should have good facilities, but funding is always the issue."