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Nemaska firefighters are best Indigenous crew in Canada 

By Benjamin Powless  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Like so many kids, Kurtis Black was dead set on becoming a firefighter when he was in Grade One. Unlike most kids, he followed his dream and is the fire chief of Nemaska. Now he has added a new laurel _ being part of the team that won the 2022 National Firefighting Competition organized by the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council Project. The competition was held October 1 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where six teams competed after having already won regional or provincial championships. Nemaska took first place in the Quebec Aboriginal Firefighter competition in Kahnawake last August. Black said it was “nerve-wracking” waiting to hear the results after competing in the grueling events. “It was five minutes before the banquet when they

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