Sunday January 24, 2016
What is your reaction to the school shooting in La Loche?
The prime minister described it as, "Every parent's worst nightmare." Four are dead and an unknown number injured after a gunman opened fire in a school in the northern community of La Loche, Sask. What are your thoughts? With guest host Diana Swain.
More from this episode:
Flags are lowered across Saskatchewan this week to show support for the small northern community of La Loche, where four people were killed and seven injured in a mass shooting on Friday.
The attack began at a home where two brothers, 13 and 17 years old, were shot dead. It continued at the high school, where a teacher and a teaching assistant were killed. Seven others were hurt. A 17-year-old boy was taken into police custody at the school.
Saskatchewan's premier, government officials and indigenous leaders are gathering to support the community of La Loche—a town with a population of about 3,000 mostly Dene people.
The point has been made that these kinds of shootings are extremely rare in Canada compared to the United States. But the question being asked by people in La Loche and beyond today is: why did it happen there?
The tragedy has put the spotlight the community of La Loche and some of the tremendous challenges for people who call it home.
The town has the highest suicide rate in Saskatchewan. Unemployment is high, with over half the population without a job, and facilities are few. A similar reality is faced by many northern indigenous communities across this country.
Our question: "What are your thoughts on the shootings in La Loche, Saskatchewan?"
MLA for Athabasca - the riding that includes La Loche
CBC national reporter
La Loche, Sask. resident
She works in the band office as the Human Resource coordinator and in the past has worked in area schools on and off reserve as a language developer.
Chief Ernie Crey
A social worker who has worked in remote northern native communities. He is the elected chief of the Cheam First Nation near Chilliwack, BC. Co-author of "Stolen from Our Embrace: The Abduction of First Nations Children and the Restoration of Aboriginal Communities"
- La Loche teacher, two brothers of accused shooter killed in La Loche shooting: mayor and family members
- 'They were my best friends'; Grandfather of slain La Loche boys mourns
- Who is it now? When sirens wail in La Loche, people can't help but wonder if it's yet another suicide (Nov. 10, 2015)
Globe and Mail
- Northern Saskatchewan town suffers 'darkest of days'
- Two staff, two brothers named as Sask. school shooting victims
- Four people killed in Northern Saskatchewan school shooting
- 'Run, bro, run!' Saskatchewan teen describes moments after shots fired