AFN National Chief Statement on Shootings in La Loche, Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, Jan. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde issued the following statement on the tragic shootings in La Loche, Saskatchewan.

"We are shocked and saddened by this incident and the reports of injuries and deaths in La Loche, Saskatchewan," said AFN National Chief Bellegarde.  "I have been in contact with both Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark and AFN Saskatchewan Regional Chief Bobby Cameron and have also spoken to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson.  More details will be forthcoming but our priority right now is allowing the local leadership and authorities to do their work in the interests of the safety and security of all those in the area.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this situation and we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims in this tragic incident." 

Reports indicate there are deaths and a suspect is in custody following the daytime shooting at the community school in La Loche, Saskatchewan.  The community is approximately six hours north of Saskatoon.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.


SOURCE Assembly of First Nations

For further information: Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer, 613-241-6789, ext 382; 613-292-0857 or; Jenna Young Castro, AFN Communications Officer, 613-241-6789, ext 401; 613-314-8157 or

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