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Okanagan Indian Band Starts GoFundMe Campaign to Restore Fire Losses

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

The White Rock Lake fire that destroyed numerous homes and caused immeasurable grief may be extinguished but for many, the hardship hasn't ended

People have not only lost homes, businesses, farms, and equipment have also been destroyed by the wildfire.

The Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) has started a GoFundMe campaign to help members and residents on their territory rebuild their lives. Last July and August over 1000 people on OKIB land were forced to leave their homes, some for weeks


Thirty-five people, their homes destroyed, have nothing to return to.

The OKIB has also lost thousands of acres of forests, hunting grounds, and ceremonial lands.

A number of the losses are uninsured, and the cultural significance of many possessions is of immeasurable value. People are coming forward offering financial help.

To better organize the effort the Band has started a GoFundMe campaign.

The goal is $50,000 by November 15th but much more is needed.

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