Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have to pay rent for the Relief Shelters?
No. The Relief Shelter units are rent-free for the entire duration of your stay.
What if I refuse to move into the temporary Relief Shelter?
If you choose not to take residence at the Temporary Relief Shelters as they become available, you will be responsible for your own accommodations (i.e. Nation will not pay for your stay in the hotels and rental apartments once the Relief Shelters are open).
The exceptions to this policy will be made on case-by-case basis for people with special needs, large families, and elders. Hotel rooms or other appropriate accommodation (other than the Relief Shelters) will still be covered by the government funding.
Why are there quiet time rules or ‘no drinking’ rules at the Relief Shelters?
The Relief Shelter Rules, including “zero tolerance to alcohol policy” were created to ensure the safety, security and comfort of all residents, especially elders and children. The quiet time is similar to hotel rules to ensure all residents have a comfortable stay. This will important once school starts to have a quiet place for the students.
I have a pet, but the Relief Shelter rules do not allow the pets in the facilities.
Siksika flood recovery team is currently working to address this issue and provide a temporary facility for pets and need your input. Please contact your local community representative so we can determine how many spaces for pets we require. The community representatives will be collecting this information over the next few days and there will be a communication sent to all owners on the location.
Pets will be allowed in the new temporary neighbourhoods.
New Temporary Neighbourhoods
When will I move in to the modular home (New Temporary Neighbourhood)?
Potential opening dates will be confirmed as the sites are developed, however the Nation should anticipate and be prepared for delays in construction due to weather etc. Work has stated to prepare the sites, and homes are scheduled to start to be moved in November.
What will my home be like – do the builders know what my needs are?
There are a variety of sizes and layouts of modular homes to meet the ‘family’ needs of evacuees. See Appendix 1 for sample design and layout
Long Term Housing
Are the housing inspections complete? Can I access the results?
The field work on the housing inspections were completed August 16, 2013. Professionals that specialise in public health and remediation inspected your home for a wide variety of issues including mold and health risks, damage to structural integrity including foundation, etc.
What will happen to my house?
Right now, there is no definite answer to this question. A decision on whether to repair, rebuild or relocate your home will not be made until all of the costs have been examined and an in-depth analysis on alternatives is complete.
Can I fix my house on my own?
Chief and Council, Housing, Health and Infrastructure want to ensure the safety of the Nation members. The flood may have impacted the structural integrity, sewers, wells, water lines, electrical, and many homes are not safe to be occupied. As there are over 165 homes impacted by the flood, the Nation needs to ensure the best long term solution is found. The Nation is not able to reimburse members under DRP funding that fix their own homes.
Once the engineering reports and estimates of work have been complete, Chief and Council and departments will meet with you to determine what options are available. These repairs may only provide a short term solution as the home will still be in a flood zone. The Nation needs to ensure the homes are 100% safe before repairs can be completed. In addition the best longer term option may be to build a new home in a different location.
Can I move my house to higher ground?
It may not be feasible to move many of the homes as the cost to move these older homes will not be the best solution for the long term. We understand that one solution will not fit all circumstances and this will taken in careful consideration when planning the long term solution. Is there money to rebuild the communities? Yes. The Nation is working with the Government of Alberta and AANDC to determine the best short, medium and long term solution for housing, infrastructure and all programs and services affected by the flood.
Will my child need to change his/her school because of the bridge closure?
The Chicago Bridge will remain closed for an indefinite period of time. If the decision is made to repair the bridge, it will be complete in 2014. If the decision is made to replace the bridge, the construction may take up to 2 years. This decision will be made over the next few months. Any students that have been travelling across the bridge need to contact education to determine and select your options.
Education is looking at the feasibility of a satellite school for ECS and High School students on the south side of the river. This does not apply for students in grades 1-9.
Students living on the North side of the river will not be able to attend the Arrowwood school, as the bus trip will be over 2 hours.
When does school start this year?
School on Siksika Nation begins on September 3rd. Education is working on developing the school plan and transportation solution.
What are the bus routes this year?
Once the evacuees are relocated to the Temporary Relief Shelters, (known as ATCO trailer), Siksika Education will make arrangements for transportation. There may be a few changes to former routes. Make sure you know what bus your children are getting on to ensure they are going to the right school. Please ensure your children have parents contact information in case there are any problems with routing.
What other services will be provided?
Education is working to confirm mental health services for students, staff and parents that have need support with dealing with the impacts of relocation, stress, or other special needs.
What happens to donations for Siksika Flood victims?
To ensure that all donations that are coming to Siksika are allocated fairly, a Donation Committee will be established, including an evacuee, Tribal Manager, a representative from Council, and an Elder. The bank account is at the Bank of Montreal . The committee is determining what federal and provincial funding is available. The Siksika donation policy will be directed to areas outside of this funding.
Decisions on the use and allocation of funds and in kind donations will be made by the Committee.
Questions and Concerns
Where do I go and whom do I talk to if I have any questions and concerns?
a) General concerns and progress updates
Please contact your Community Representative. The community representatives act as the liaisons between the community members and the Recovery management team, as well as the Tribal Administrator.
- Chicago – Shawn Axe/ Rufus and Carmen Red Gun
- Poor Eagle Flats – Gale Poor Eagle
- South Camp – Leanne Sleigh/ Cecile Running Rabbit
- Washington – Warren Drunken Chief
- North Camp – Marilyn Melting Tallow
b) Issues specific to the Temporary Relief Shelters (ATCO trailers)
If your questions and concerns are related to the Relief Shelters – please talk to the Site Manager.
c) Services by Red Cross
Red Cross has been providing many support service to the evacuees. For more information on what services are available please contact 403-462-4801
d) Health concerns
For health-related issues call 403-734-5686
e) Private well water testing
To find out about water testing in your private well please contact your Community Health Representative at 780-721-1176