The Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice is creating a new victim services position in La Loche — the Saskatchewan village that's still reeling from a mass shooting.
Four people were killed and seven injured on Jan. 22 after a gunman opened fire in a house and then a high school.
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
In the days following, village and provincial leaders spoke of a need for more services to help people in the community of 2,600.
"We recognize more needs to be done to support La Loche in the aftermath of this incident," Justice Minister Gordon Wyant said in a news release.
"This new position represents an initial step in addressing immediate needs in the community as we continue to explore additional long-term options."
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North Sask Victim Services Inc., a community-based organization, currently has between three and five victim services workers in La Loche. As well, additional workers from across the province have also been brought in.
Victim services workers work closely with police to help support victims of crime, offering counselling and information about the justice system.
There are now two victim services workers dedicated to La Loche.