Statement by the Honourable Carolyn Bennett on the Tragedy in Pikangikum First Nation, Ontario
Ottawa, Ontario (March 30, 2016) – The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, issued the following statement today in regards to the tragic event in Pikangikum First Nation, Ontario:
“It is with tremendous sorrow that I learned of the tragic loss of lives in a fatal house fire at Pikangikum First Nation in northwestern Ontario today. My heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the victim’s families and the community during this painful and difficult time.
I would also like to extend my deepest gratitude to the emergency responders and First Nation leaders who worked so hard to respond to this terrible fire, and who continue to provide much needed support to the community.
Officials of my department are reaching out to the First Nation to offer our condolences and to identify any support that we can provide to meet the community’s needs.
In addition, my colleague, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, will be working with local and First Nation leaders along with the province to determine what else will be needed to support the healing process. A trauma team is currently in the community to provide counselling and support.”
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada