‘We’re not leaving’: Tempers flare between First Nation, RCMP amid wildfire evacuation order

Let him stay.

A B.C. First Nations chief says emotions ran high between himself and the RCMP when he told officers residents wouldn’t be obeying an evacuation order as several wildfires threaten the community.

On Sunday, Chief Joe Alphonse of the Tl’etinqox First Nation community of Anaham Reserve announced that some members of the community would be staying behind, several to fight the fire.

h/t JBR

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  • Editor

    Can’t say I blame him. Aside from the idea of the RCMP having the right to order me to leave my home against my will, even with the “greater good” or personal safety excuse, not sitting too well with me, I guess he too remembers that the RCMP used a similar evacuation in High River to bust down over 300 doors down and go “shopping” for the residents legal firearms. RCMP lost a lot of trust, cooperation and respect that day.

    • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

      RCMP said the adults are free to stay, the kids have to go.

      • Millie_Woods

        Oh, so they’re taking their children now. Lawsuit and payout to follow.

        • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

          They want to evacuate the children, they said the adults are free to stay.

          There is wildfires going on all over BC, these are typical moronic rez hardliners willing to let everyone die including their over their “Fuck whitey” politics.

  • Manual Paleologos

    {SHRUG} If they won’t evacuate, let them stay. People have the right to do stupid things. If they are endangered by fire, don’t risk any lives trying to rescue them, let them burn.

    • Clausewitz

      They were made aware of the risks. Good luck………..

  • ontario john

    We need a six million dollar Royal Commission into this latest colonial atrocity. And of course a public apology from feminist Trudeau, along with compensation.

  • favill

    You know it was a time honoured tradition in native communities to “take a walk in the snow” when one’s usefulness to the tribe was over or continued existence was a burden to the tribe’s survival. Perhaps this is their equivalent. Good for them and don’t send anybody to rescue them once the flames start burning their homes. Let them become “part of the land” again.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …it’s possible to get around a Forest Fire Travel Ban by declaring that you are doing a “fire watch” on a site with assets, providing you have equipment to tackle a blaze and have a safe retreat…I did it once…

  • The Deplorable Rosenmops

    This guy seems a bit foolhardy. I hope he is not drinking. You don’t want to mess around with a forest fire. If some of the adults want to stay–that is on them. But other adults in the community should leave with the children and animals. Otherwise Child Protective Services will get involved and the whole thing will be a clusterfuck,

  • mark

    If you are an adult and want to stay and risk burning alive, no government should have the right to force you whether you are white, black or red. Given the litigious nature though have a form ready saying you voluntarily are ignoring an evacuation order and any and all government assistance is removed until after the emergency has passed.

  • I can appreciate that he wants to protect his home. However, people will have to rescue him at great risk to themselves.

    Let him and others sign a waiver saying that they were warned and do not deserve any help or compensation.

  • Maggat

    Hell’s bells let them stay. If they survive OK, if not, well we told ya so. The families living in Anyox BC left when the town in the summer of 1942 was threatened then burned to the ground. Thank heavens they did, or I wouldn’t be here.