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Kash community services team makes history

Marking a historical moment in Canadian history, members of Kashechewan First Nation are taking control of their evacuation process with the creation of a special service team in Greater Sudbury.

Marking a historical moment in Canadian history, members of Kashechewan First Nation are taking control of their evacuation process with the creation of a special service team in Greater Sudbury.

Â?Once formalized, the Kashechewan Cree First Nation Community Services Team will be the first of its kind in Canada,Â? said Deputy Chief Rebecca Friday in a press release.

The team, working with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and the City of Greater Sudbury, will assume responsibility for services relating to the health, education, social services, transportation and recreation for Kash residents staying in town.

An office for the service team is being set up in the old Walden town hall building, near the hotel where many of the 250 evacuees are living.

Â?PeopleÂ?s lives donÂ?t ever stop, even in an emergency like this evacuation,Â? Friday said. Â?We want to continue to care for our community, the same as we would if we were back in Kashechewan.

"We appreciate the hospitality and kindness that has been shown to our people by the City of Greater Sudbury. We look forward to learning from our hosts as they help us through this transition to take charge of our daily needs.Â?