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Fun fair provides small measure of relief for families facing uncertainty

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Fun fair provides small measure of relief for families facing uncertainty
Enbridge Blog, July 14th 2015As residents of northern Saskatchewan face hardship from more than a hundred forest fires raging through their region, and thousands are forced to evacuate their homes at short notice, a Saskatoon-based education and training organization has stepped up to provide evacuees with a little much-needed joy.Led by the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), the Northern Guest Fair held July 11 bought out bouncy castles, face painting, games for kids and teens, bingo, jiggers, dancers, singers, craft tables and storytelling to bring smiles to the faces of evacuees at the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre in Saskatoon, Sask.“These are the worst forest fires in memory, and the impact on First Nations and Métis communities has been especially hard,” said Riel Bellegarde, President SIIT.“As a First Nations institute focused on education and training for First Nations and Métis communities, we recognize many of these evacuees are members of our larger learning community,” said Bellegarde.Families placed in Saskatoon-area temporary shelters often arrive with only a single packed bag, having left virtually everything behind, unsure if their homes will survive the fires.To date, over 13,000 people have faced mandatory evacuations.“We want to do everything we can to assist our guests and make their lives a little bit easier at a time of enormous stress and uncertainty, so we were really happy to have partnered with Enbridge in support of the Northern Guests Fair,” said Bellegarde.

“These folks have been through a lot. They are really in need of some fun and laughter during these tough times,” Bellegarde added.

Enbridge provided funds for the fair and helped coordinate the event.

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