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SUPPORT FOR THE LYTTON FIRST NATION AND VICTIMS OF THE 2021 WILDFIRE

June 30, 2021

(Vancouver, BC) — On June 30, 2021 a wildfire broke out near the town of Lytton, British Columbia. Since then, the fire has destroyed most of Lytton as well as the surrounding area. Lytton is inhabited by a majority of the Indigenous Nlaka'pamux people. The estimated population of the Nlaka'pamux is around 1,500 in number. The wildfire displaced the entirety of the Indigenous community as well as the residents of the town. As of July 11th, 2021 the wildfire is still classified as Out of Control by the BC Wildfire Service.

Several interfaith groups, charities and NGOs have committed to assisting the people of Lytton and the Lytton First Nations community in rebuilding and securing immediate aid (food, shelter, clothing etc.). Together, we have raised $35,450.02 to support the community. This was initiated by the Chairman of BCMA. Surrey Al Jamia Masjid, Mr. Asad Gondal and spearheaded by the BCMA VP Media and Public Relations Mr. Tariq Tyab with support from the BCMA Executives, including VP of Planning and Development Malik Arfan and BCMA President Iltaf Sahib.

Contributing organizations include the BCMA, Human Concern International (HCI), the International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF), Islamic Relief Canada (IRC), the Muslim Food Bank & Community Services (MFBCS), and Foundation for a Path Forward.