July 15, 2017 8:42 pm

Northern B.C. First Nations band raises money for wildfire evacuees

The area of Boston Flats, B.C. is pictured Tuesday, July 11, 2017 after a wildfire ripped through the area earlier in the week.

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A northern B.C. First Nations band is raising money for wildfire evacuees using an Aboriginal ceremony.

The Nak’azdli First Nation from Fort St James hosted a blanket ceremony on Friday in order to lend a hand to those in need.

Band member Mark Barfoot said the idea came after the group did a similar fundraiser earlier this week.

“The Thundering Eagles went to the CNC College (College of New Caledonia) the other day and did a bunch of drumming and singing for them. So I figured well hey, let’s put two and two together and let’s get this done.”

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The performance took place at UNBC, where many evacuees are.

Barfoot said they raised about $4,000. He said the funds will be donated to the Red Cross.

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