Penticton Indian Band sends helping hand to members of the Osoyoos Indian Band displaced by the Nk'Mip Creek Wildfire

OIB thankful for donations

When the Nk’Mip fire sparked last Monday, Osoyoos Indian band members were some of the individuals immediately affected, needing to flee their homes in a moment's notice.

“Essentially, 20 per cent of the entire OIB land has been affected by this,'' Mike Campol, the COO for the Osoyoos Indian Band explained.

“Well over 200 OIB members have been displaced.”

Currently, 167 homes remain on evacuation order and another 28 on evacuation alert.

On Saturday, PIB Chief Greg Gabriel arrived with a couple other PIB members with a huge donation of supplies.

“So Chief Gabriel and his team put out a call to action, or within their own community and the City of Penticton to bring in supplies, donations, monetary gift cards, food and water, and delivered three truckloads of supplies and donations to a band office.”

Campol added that the community is enormously thankful of those efforts, as most of their administration team and band members are part of this evacuation and dealing with some trauma on their own.

“It's amazing that another First Nations community was able to do that for us,” he said.

And even before the PIB came down with supplies and resources, the Oliver residents were stepping up.

“During those evacuations late into the evening before ESS could really get set up and people could get registered, we'r taking elders, young children and everybody in between, out of their homes, with just the household belongings they could grab, so most support services were closed at that point.

“So, a handful of individuals within the community, I tell you how big they stepped up to help us out, bringing supplies, helping us organize people and get them into rooms. Just regular people in the community, so pretty amazing. We're really thankful for that.”

Anyone interested in contributing donations for the OIB community can reach out to Campol at [email protected]

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