Feb 19, 2016
Posted in: Uncategorized
By James Oloo
At 9:00 am on Friday January 9, 2016, Gabriel Dumont Institute and other educational institutions across Saskatchewan observed a moment of silence to remember the victims and those affected by the gun violence that occurred in the community of La Loche a week earlier. Gabriel Dumont Institute locations with flags also had them flying at half-mast.
Earlier in the week, Canadians from coast to coast remembered La Loche and the victims of violence in the community. From NHL games in Canada and the United States, to the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne, many people took a moment to remember La Loche. From Washington DC to Europe, Asia, and Africa, the media carried the story of La Loche. In Ottawa, Members of Parliament held a moment of silence on Monday January 25, 2016 for the four killed and seven injured.
Historically, La Loche has been an important centre for the Métis people of Saskatchewan. The population is largely Métis and non-treaty Dene. Many Gabriel Dumont Institute employees and students have relatives and friends in the community. The Institute also offers programs in La Loche. The tragedy hit very close to home, and on behalf of the Institute, we send our thoughts and prayers to La Loche.