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Wildfire in Fort McMurray, Canada, Shows Indigenous Resilience

Society & Culture  (tags: US & Canada, Canada, Natural disasters, Fort McMurray, Indigenous rights, First Nations )

- 1052 days ago -
First Nations communities are opening their doors to people fleeing Fort McMurray, the city engulfed by the blaze at the heart of Canada's oil sands.


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Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday May 4, 2016, 11:43 pm
Compassion in operation.

Animae C (507)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 4:59 am
“For as bad as they are treated, for the last thought that they are to some people, whatever they have they are giving.”
Pure kindness, bless them!

The article doesn't say but i heard on our local news that 2 people have perished in the fires!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 5:00 am
I would be a wreck.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 5:22 am
Isn't it amazing that it is always those who does not have much - that shares the easiest ??? Those "First Nation" people will be blessed in abundance for this act of true KINDNESS......towards people that does not always treat THEM with the respect they deserve, it amazes me - it shows their TRUE heart....


Pat B (356)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 5:29 am
First Nations: "“It highlights the true resilience the people have, kindness that people have, and that in time of crisis they are not the kind of people to close their doors.” True compassion for those who need help. Bless them all.


Past Member (0)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 5:57 am
How wonderful they show their compassion power strength and resilience, a very strong people.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 1:41 pm
I hope the non Native people remember this into the future of the kindness and compassion that First Nations people have always shown. Despite all, they still act as Human Beings....Beings that means something.

From the article it read: the city engulfed by the blaze at the heart of Canada's oil sands

Perhaps Mother Nature is telling the people something. I'll get rid of you one way or another. Stop this go away.

I know the article said fires are a natural thing, and this is true, however it's the extent of the blaze. TV had a few people being interviewed and they said, never ever have they seen anything so intense.

I know there are many on C2 who are aware of the environmental onslaught in many places, the Alberta Tar Sands being a major one, but there are still too many people that remain in a fog as to what is going on. Our mainstream media may report the fires, the hurricanes, but they fail to report how Climate and all that is being done to our environment plays into it.

Corporate media instead of being the media for the People has just been another arm of the Corporate stranglehold and it's killing us all bit by bit and the Native people have been the canaries in the coal mine, but now this is spreading everywhere. When people don't care about their brothers and sisters they are at some point going to experience themselves.....only a matter of time.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 7:42 pm
The indigenous truly and purely abide by what the whites claim to be their ideal---"Golden Rule". Too many whites stop at "Do unto others". I too hope that they always remember that they were welcome and helped by those who have always been disregarded, disrespected and abused in every way, including ongoing genocide. I hope that fracking gases didn't run underground and contribute to the blaze. Climate Change and other environmental blends have made for the "perfect storm" of infernos. I so pity the poor souls involved. Thanks Judy.

Judy C (91)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 10:21 pm
Thanks everyone. These Indigenous People provide a great role model, and I think this will be remembered by those who are helped, as well as many who hear about it. This fire has been raging again today, and it is a grave situation. It is scary to see natural disasters increasing because of our careless exploitation of the resources of this planet. The authorities are downplaying the connection to global warming and the dangers of this reaching the tar sands extraction sites. We can all send our meditations and prayers to our brothers and sisters in Canada, and hope for an end to this terrible disaster. Recovery will be a hard process for so many people.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 6, 2016, 6:38 am
The spirit to be respected

Anne F (17)
Friday May 6, 2016, 11:52 am
thanks for posting about the other communities in the area - I found one mention of a First Nations community that has been evacuated.

Janet B (0)
Friday May 6, 2016, 12:40 pm

Mandi T (366)
Friday May 6, 2016, 12:43 pm
Tks for posting Blessings to them.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday May 6, 2016, 2:54 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Judy.

Raleighaway k (359)
Friday May 6, 2016, 7:32 pm

Hartson Doak (39)
Friday May 6, 2016, 10:28 pm
Might this blaze set the tar sands alight? Now wouldn't that be karmic?

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 4:40 am
Noted. This shows true compassion when its needed most. I hope these acts of generosity and kindness are remembered long after the fire has been extinguished.

Wheat a terrible situation - my heart goes out to those who have fled leaving everything behind!

Janet B (0)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 8:03 am

fly bird (26)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 10:37 am
Kindness and compassion gives hope, where there is little or none. These brave people know what it means to step up and help, without hesitation.

"Harrowing dashcam footage captures escape from 'supercharged' Alberta wildfire 'the size of NYC' that can be seen from space, is triggering lightning and has forced 88,000 to evacuate their homes
Dashcam footage capture one man's drive through Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, at 2pm on Wednesday
The sky is dark, embers are flying through the air, and cars are veering from side to side to avoid falling trees
More than 1,110 firefighters are battling 49 wildfires across Alberta - seven of which are deemed out of control
At least 88,000 people have been evacuated and more than 1,600 homes have been torched in Fort McMurray
Alberta has declared a state of emergency and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau branded the situation 'terrifying'."

Thanks, Judy, for posting, and Henriette for sharing this link.
Very scary!!

lesley k (0)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 2:22 pm
I have been in that situation, it so scary beyond belief. My heart goes out to everyone.

Lenore K (0)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 2:36 pm

Lenore K (0)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 2:37 pm

Rosemary Rannes (643)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 7:20 pm
Judy thank you for caring2share Wildfire in Fort McMurray .. which I have cross posted with my news tonight First Nation Offers Free Gas to Fort McMurray Fire Evacuees which serves to illustrate the compassionate nature of First Nations people.
Here is my comment :
Judy submitted the following article which highlights significantly First Nations people's compassionate open hearts & homes to those people from Fort McMurray who left behind everything they had fleeing the forest fires with only the clothes on their backs!
Kindly note and comment Judy's news, thank you.

Many wonderful comments by friends acknowledging compassion, empathy and embracing the meaning of Mitakye Oyasin, Lakota Sioux for "All My Relations." It is a prayer of oneness and harmony with all forms of life: other people, animals, birds, insects, trees and plants, and even rocks.
If only humans would become as HUMAN BEINGS, respecting one another equally, without prejudice and live together in peace and harmony! This is vision of utopia has been held in my heart and spirit since I was a young girl. Prayers rising that this may be so, someday soon.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 4:31 pm
Such a scary situation. My thoughts and prayers go out for all who are involved in it. Thanks Judy

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Sunday May 8, 2016, 5:05 pm

Judy C (91)
Monday May 9, 2016, 3:06 pm
Thank you for the comments everyone, and to Rosemary and Jess for the links. We are truly all related, all living things. I wish more people would realize and act on this.

Beth M (138)
Monday May 9, 2016, 3:09 pm
Feel so sorry for these people, their pets, and the wildlife affected by this.

fly bird (26)
Monday May 9, 2016, 6:25 pm
It is heartbreaking what these people have been going through, and it is not over, by far.

Alberta wildfires: key facts and figures in a historic disaster – video

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday May 10, 2016, 12:09 am
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