MP Georgina Jolibois reflects on La Loche tragedy in House of Commons
The former mayor of the northern community says thank you to Canada for the support
Member of Parliament Georgina Jolibois stood in the House of Commons on Tuesday to reflect on last month's tragedy in La Loche, Sask.
Jolibois is the former mayor of the northern Saskatchewan community and the New Democratic Party MP for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River.
"Mr. Speaker, when I first stood in this house and spoke about my community I never could have imagined that the next time I would say the name of La Loche here would be in the wake of the painful events of January 22nd 2016," Jolibois said.
"As we learn more about what happened and the act of heroism and courage by the people in my school, I am thankful to the local fire department, the RCMP, and other first responders."
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Jolibois went on to say "thank you" and "mąsi chok" on behalf of La Loche and northern Saskatchewan.
"To all Canadians who sent their thoughts and prayers to La Loche and Clearwater River Dene Nation, thank you for the comfort you have given us. Thank you for the strength you have given us. And thank you for the hope you have given us," she said.
"With the government's help and support from all Canadians, together we can rebuild La Loche and Clearwater River Dene Nation. Mąsi chok."
Last month, the small community was shocked after a tragic shooting at two locations, including a school, left four people dead. Seven others were injured.
A 17-year-old male has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.