On Friday members of the Tsilhqot’in Nation we’re paid a visit by Canadian Armed Forces.
Instead of heading straight to the fire zone, soldiers in Light Armoured Vehicles were invited in to the community by Chief Joe Alphonse to lift the spirits of the band members after this difficult summer.
Armed Forces had been driving by the community of Anaham for weeks, helping tend to 140,000 hectares of burning forest in the province`s worst ever wildfire season.
The youth of the community enjoyed their presence and got to check out the 30 ton vehicles with a full tour.
Chief Alphonse says it wasn’t just the kids that enjoyed the visit, adults also got to participate in the tours and check out things they had never gotten to see before.
Alphonse says it’s not every day the kids get to see things like this and it`s good for kids to see that there are different options for their careers. He says it helps gives them a sense of ambition for their futures.
For the soldiers of 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI) and 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (1 CER), it was a welcome break from the hot, dusty and smoky conditions of the forest fire line.
Without a significant change in weather conditions bringing sustained rainfall, there is every indication that Operation LENTUS will continue through the end of August and well into September.
The Canadian Armed Forces will remain on task as long as it takes, assisting provincial and local authorities in their emergency response, and reassuring residents living in affected areas.