Classes are suspended at two Quebec City schools today after staff members were among those killed during a 12-hour siege Friday in Burkina Faso's capital city.
Yves Carrier, a retired principal, his daughter Maude Carrier and Louis Chabot all worked at Cardinal-Roy High School and Jean-de-Brébeuf School.
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Three other Quebecers, Yves Carrier's wife Gladys Chamberland and their son Charles-Élie Carrier, as well as family friend Suzanne Bernier, a retired principal at Saint-Paul-Apôtre School, also were killed after four jihadist attackers linked to al-Qaeda stormed the Splendid Hotel and nearby Cappuccino Café in Ouagadougou.
The six Quebecers were part of a humanitarian mission to help build a school. A total of 28 people were killed by gunmen.
"With deaths like this obviously the impact is huge," said Érick Parent, direction of communications of the Commission scolaire de la Capitale school board.
"It's a real tragedy."
The school board plans to provide extensive psychological support and services to staff and students this coming week.
Parent said the school is working with external organizations to provide additional services to hundreds of students.
'This attack was an attack on us all.'
- Philippe Couillard, Quebec premier
"And if there are other needs out there, then you know we will do whatever we have to do," said Parent.
"We won't spare any effort in terms of providing the necessary professional support."
Premier says victims 'loved life'
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard condemned the attacks, saying in the National Assembly that nothing could justifty the act and loss of life.
"They were Quebecers and citizens of the world. They were liked and appreciated by all," Couillard said. "Like all of us, they loved life and nothing can justify their deaths."
Couillard went on to say that it was necessary to combat what he called "barbaric behaviour" and fight radicalization.
"This attack was an attack on us all," Couillard said.
"We will never accept to fold in front of terrorists."