Upper Nicola Band - Media Release
May 9, 2017
On May 6, 2017, Upper Nicola Band Chief Harvey McLeod declared the UNB Emergency Plan authorizing the opening of an Emergency Operations Center at the Upper Nicola Health office. This was in response to flooding and the elevated flood risks in several areas, including Indian Reserve #1 – Nicola Lake, #2 – Hamilton Creek and #3 – Douglas Lake. The Upper Nicola Band is located 30 kilometers northeast of Merritt, B.C.
On May 7, 2017 at 17:30 hours, twelve homeowners were issued Evacuation Orders; 40 people were evacuated. And, two homeowners, one business and one RV Park was issued an Evacuation Alert. Those evacuated have been assisted with emergency shelter and food.
To date, volunteers have placed several thousand sandbags in an effort to protect homes, properties and businesses. Over 100 volunteers from the community and other areas have been working since the evening of Saturday, May 6, 2017. Volunteers have also prepared meals for evacuees and volunteers, and assisted with information distribution.
On May 09, 2017 at 15:00 hours, UNB issued a second Evacuation Alert due to the continued risk of flooding; approximately fifty homes and four RV Parks located on IR #1 Nicola Lake and IR #2 Hamilton Creek received the Alert. Eleven homes continue to have Evacuation Orders.
The Upper Nicola Band Emergency Response Team is in continuous communication with the Provincial Regional Emergency Operation Centre to coordinate efforts with provincial agencies and to receive daily updates.
The Upper Nicola Chief and Council, Elders and community members are grateful for all the support, donations and volunteers that have assisted in our time of crisis. In the coming days, the Upper Nicola Band will welcome more volunteers to assist with our emergency efforts as we brace for the water levels to continue to rise.
Please monitor updates at www.uppernicola.com or the Upper Nicola Facebook page.
Any question or concerns can be referred to 250-378-5058.
Chief Harvey McLeod
Upper Nicola Band
High Bar First Nations Notice - Not Selling Fishing Permits
May 4, 2017
To whom it may concern:
We are writing to let you know that due to super low salmon stocks, High Bar First Nation will not be issuing fishing permits this year to anyone who it not a High Bar Member. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we need to help conserve our salmon stocks and also give our members a chance to catch their FSC fish. Our fishing territory is very small and due to the limited time openings to fish, we need to reserve these areas for High Bar members only. We are sending this letter to all people who have purchased fishing permits in our area. We are also forwarding it to as many bands as possible. We need to get the word out so that people who normally fish in the High Bar Territory can make other arrangements to get their FSC fish. Again sorry for the inconvenience, we will readdress this issue next year depending on the salmon stocks.
All my relations,
High Bar First Nation
White-nose Syndrome in Bats
The Province, in partnership with the BC Community Bat Program and other concerned groups, are asking the public to be on the lookout for dead or sick bats that may have contracted an invasive fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome. White Nose Syndrome has not been detected in British Columbia; however it was detected in Washington State in 2016 and the risk of its arrival is very high. The disease, which refers to a white fungus that grows on the muzzles or bodies of bats, has killed over 6 million bats since arriving in the eastern United States in 2006 and reaching Canada in 2010. White Nose Syndrome does not infect humans.
Do not attempt to capture sick or injured bats and do not touch a dead bat with your bare hands due to a risk of rabies. If you do find a dead bat, collect it in a plastic bag using leather gloves and label the bag with the date, location, your name and contact information, then put the bag in the freezer and contact the BC Community Bat Program.
For more information, please visit: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/wildlife/wildlife-health/wildlife-diseases/white-nose-syndrome
BC Community Bat Program: www.bcbats.ca/
Canadian Wildlife Health Co-operative: www.cwhc-rcsf.ca/wns.php
Bats of British Columbia: www.bcbat.ca/