Updated: Jan 12
On Wednesday, December 22, 2022— In response to the historic flooding our province faced, the BC Muslim Association, in collaboration with faith based charities, including Human Concern International (HCI), IDRF, Penny Appeal, Islamic Relief Canada, Islam Unravelled, and Foundation for a Path Forward provided $35,000 for the the First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS) to provide culturally sensitive emergency support to First Nations people of B.C.
Mr. Dean Colthorpe was attending the ceremony as the FNESS representative and received the funds raised as a cheque from BCMA President Mr. Asad Gondal and VP of Religious Affairs Mr. Sikandar Khan.
FNESS works closely with First Nation communities, Emergency Management BC (EMBC), Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and various other stakeholders to support the successful implementation of emergency management for First Nation communities in BC. The FNESS Emergency Management (EM) department provides community-based emergency management guidance, support, and assistance to BC First Nation communities.
The entire city of Merritt, population 7,000, was ordered to evacuate after flooding caused the failure of the municipality's wastewater treatment plant. Many people found safety in Chilliwack.
The support of the City of Chilliwack, Mayor Ken Popove, Councillor Bud Mercer and Councillor Harv Westeringhis was highly appreciated in both hosting the displaced communities and showing commitment to strengthening ties between all communities in Chilliwack, including the Muslims and Indigenous Peoples.