Premier Brad Wall and First Nation leaders will meet with community leaders in La Loche on Sunday to discuss ways to support those affected by the tragedy.

Premier Wall, Federal Minister Ralph Goodale, Ministers Harpauer and Morgan, AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde, and FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron will be in La Loche on Sunday to meet with Mayor Janvier, Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark and local officials to determine how to help the community. Métis National Council President Clément Chartier is also arriving in the community to offer support.

Political and First Nations leaders immediately began reaching out to the community to offer support and condolences as news broke of the tragedy.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to media, and on his Facebook page wrote “On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer the families and friends of the victims our deepest condolences on this darkest of days. Our hearts and prayers are also with those injured in the attack, that they may have a full and speedy recovery. On this sad day the whole country grieves with the people of La Loche and of Saskatchewan.”

“We are shocked and saddened by this incident and the reports of injuries and deaths in La Loche, Saskatchewan,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde in a statement on Friday.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this situation and we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims in this tragic incident.”

“To have the lives and the future of the students and staff cut short by this unspeakably horrible event is unimaginable,” said Premier Brad Wall in a press conference Saturday.

“We will provide these supports for as long as necessary, knowing full well that none of these efforts will ever come close to addressing the loss that was inflicted on the families and on the friends and on an entire community. We are going to be there for them,” said Premier Wall.

Premier Wall said that victims service workers have been sent to La Loche, as have health professionals, mental health services and social services. The ministry of education is arranging for critical incident stress management teams from the Northern Lights School Division and neighbouring school divisions to provide counselling and referral services.

Wall also thanked Meadow Lake Tribal Council for sending elders and counsellors to La Loche to assist people affected by this tragedy.

“We are in shock and in disbelief upon hearing about the tragedy in La Loche. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, the children, the students and the entire community of La Loche in the wake of today’s horrible incident,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “We offer our support to the community and will work with the leadership of the Clearwater River Dene Nation to help them.”



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