LA LOCHE – As the community of La Loche prepares for the commemoration of the La Loche shooting of January 22, 2016, the MP representing the community, Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River) reflected on the events of that day and the pain it brought to the community. 

“It is unquestionable that the tragedy had a tremendous toll on the community, particularly the school teachers, staff and students. We are still in the process of healing and mourning those who lost their lives on that day. I am proud of the strength and support demonstrated by the community as a whole”.

Today, Mr. Frank DeAngelis, the Principal of Columbine High School where a shooting took place on April 20, 1999, addressed the staff at La Loche Dene High School in preparation of the anniversary of the tragedy in La Loche.

“I appreciate the visit by the principal of Columbine High School to La Loche to share his experience and advice with the school’s staff. This will help us heal together and cope with the pain that we continue to endure” said Jolibois.

MP Jolibois has been very vocal in the House of Commons about the lack of mental health services for indigenous communities, particularly in her riding. She has been calling on the government to establish long term mental health services in northern Saskatchewan. It is widely recognized in Canada that immediate mental health services are required for indigenous youth and their families.   

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