Kashechewan residents return from the land as flooding risk is downgraded Back to video They had been concerned about exposure to COVID-19 if a flood … OTTAWA — Residents of a First Nation in northern Ontario plagued by annual spring flooding are being flown back to their community now that the threat of flooding has been downgraded. The Kashechewan First Nation (/ k ə ˈ ʃ ɛ tʃ ə w ə n /) is a Cree First Nation band government located near James Bay in Northern Ontario, Canada.The community is located on the northern shore of the Albany River.Kashechewan First Nation is one of two communities that were established from Old Fort Albany (now the Fort Albany 67 Indian Reserve) in the 1950s. About 1,200 people moved out of Kashechewan First Nation last month and relocated to camp sites to wait out the flood season on the land. People from the Kashechewan first nation community arrive on a Canadian military transport plane in Stratford, Ont., Monday, April 28. People from Kashechewan First Nation, over 400 kilometres north of Timmins, are once again being evacuated from their community due to flooding conditions on the Albany River. Oct 31, 2020 Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he recognizes the flood plan for Kashechewan this year is more complex due to COVID-19, but says plans reflect the desires of the residents and he stressed that those who have chosen to stay in the community will be evacuated to nearby towns and cities if flooding occurs. But this year, many residents are worried about catching the novel coronavirus or bringing it back into their community. Photo: APTN file) Kashechewan residents are bracing for the spring ice breakup and the risk of flooding it poses, which Chief Leo Friday expects to happen in the community “anytime.” The almost 2,000 residents of Kashechewan First Nation have had to flee their community every year since 2012 due to flooding, removed to larger centres such as Timmins and Thunder Bay. New Democrats say they are concerned COVID-19 is distracting the federal and provincial governments from helping Kashechewan First Nation, which is vulnerable to spring flooding. They had been concerned about exposure to COVID-19 if a flood forced a mass evacuation to nearby urban … Nov 03, 2020 Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he recognizes the flood plan for Kashechewan this year is more complex due to COVID-19, but says plans reflect the desires of the residents and he stressed that those who have chosen to stay in the community will be evacuated to nearby towns and cities if flooding occurs. People from the Kashechewan first nation community arrive on a Canadian military transport plane in Stratford, Ont., Monday, April 28, 2008 after flooding in … The almost 2,000 residents of Kashechewan First Nation have had to flee their community every year since 2012 due to flooding, removed to larger centres such as Timmins and Thunder Bay. (Kashechewan residents fly out of the community during the 2019 spring thaw. Some evacuees are scheduled to arrive at the Timmins airport between 2 and 4 pm Monday afternoon. Jul 27, 2020 Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he recognizes the flood plan for Kashechewan this year is more complex due to COVID-19, but says plans reflect the desires of the residents and he stressed that those who have chosen to stay in the community will be evacuated to nearby towns and cities if flooding occurs. About 1,200 people moved out of Kashechewan First Nation last month and relocated to camp sites to wait out the flood season on the […] But this year, many residents are worried about catching the novel coronavirus or bringing it back into their community.