Dehcho First Nations hold back annual assembly due to wildfire, fire bans

Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Herb Norwegian has announced the postponement of the 31st annual assembly. (CKLB file photo)

Dehcho First Nations 31st Annual Assembly has been put on pause due to the ongoing wildfire season and fire bans.

Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Herb Norwegian says in a Monday news release that it was a “difficult but necessary decision”, and it was made after consulting with Dehcho leaders and Elders.

“We know how important the Annual Assembly is for our people, and how much we look forward to it every year,” Norwegian was quoted as saying. “However, we also must consider the health and safety of our participants and our communities, especially during this challenging time.”

The assembly was originally scheduled to take place from June 11 to the 13th in Nahanni Butte.

Norwegian says a new date and location will be announced as soon as possible.

Currently, four active fires are burning across the Dehcho region, affecting 10979 hectares of land. The Dehcho region has been under a fire ban since May 10.

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