Remarks on the attacks in Saskatchewan
Yesterday’s attacks in Saskatchewan are shocking and heartbreaking. My thoughts and the thoughts of all Canadians are with those who have lost loved ones and with those who are injured. This kind of violence, or any kind of violence, has no place in our country. We are still, of course, monitoring the situation closely, and we urge everyone to follow all the updates from the authorities. The priority is keeping you and your loved ones safe, so please be careful. If you see anything, if you have any information, please call 9-1-1 to share that.
I reached out to the James Smith Cree Nation leadership earlier today; had a good conversation with the chiefs. I also spoke with Premier Moe of Saskatchewan to highlight that the federal government will be there with the resources necessary right now in this time of crisis, but also will continue to work as partners in the weeks, months, and years to come, through grieving and healing. Ministers Miller and Hajdu are also closely engaged with the community and its leadership.
I want to, of course, thank the first responders for stepping up, for being there in the community, but to everyone affected from this tragedy, I know how incredibly overwhelming and distressing it can be. If you need someone to talk to, you can visit hopeforwellness.ca to get information on how to access the support you need.
As a show of solidarity, all federal buildings in Saskatchewan have been lowered (sic) and the Peace Tower flag has also been lowered to half-mast.
Sadly, over these past years, tragedies like these have become all too commonplace. Saskatchewanians and Canadians will do what we always do in times of difficulty and anguish: we’ll be there for each other, we’ll be there for our neighbours, lean on each other, help grieve, and help heal. We will continue to do that, and all Canadians will be with you in this difficult time.
Yesterday’s attacks in Saskatchewan are shocking and heartbreaking. My thoughts, and the thoughts of all Canadians, are with those who have lost loved ones, those who are injured. This kind of violence, like any kind of violence, has no place in our country. We are, of course, still monitoring the situation closely and are advising everyone to follow the updates provided by the local authorities because the priority, of course, is to keep everyone safe. If you have any information to share, please call 9-1-1.
Earlier today, I spoke with the leaders of the James Smith Cree Nation. I also spoke with Premier Moe of Saskatchewan to highlight that the federal government will continue to be there with the necessary resources immediately, but also for the healing and work that we will have to do together in the months and years to come. Ministers Miller and Hajdu are also fully engaged in this situation.
I would, of course, like to thank the first responders for all their work and, to all the people who have been affected by this tragedy, if you need to talk to someone, please visit hopeforwellness.ca to learn more about how to get support.
To demonstrate our solidarity, the flags at all federal buildings in Saskatchewan have been lowered to half-mast and the flag on the Peace Tower has also been lowered to half-mast.
Unfortunately, we have gone through several difficult situations in recent years, but I want to remind everyone that we will get through this the way we have always gotten through things: by being there for one another, by being there for our neighbours, doing the work and helping with healing, helping to find better times in the coming years. This is a horrible moment for people in the region, and for all Canadians today, and we will remain committed to one another.
Thank you, everyone.