The Cree Nation stands in solidarity with the families and members of Wemindji and Waskaganish following tragic events
March 30, 2023
It is with a very heavy heart that we have learned of a recent tragic and senseless event in Eeyou Istchee. It was confirmed by the EEPF in public statement that domesCc abuse and violence was the cause of death of a woman during the early hours of Friday, March 24, 2023, in Wemindji. The young mother leaves behind four children as well as many family members and friends in Waskaganish, Wemindji and across Eeyou Istchee.
There are no words that can bring solace to such a heart-breaking situaCon. The aJermath of such a violent event is very diﬃcult for the many people involved be it for the first response services, care for the children leJ behind, and trained support for the families aﬀected by this tragic event. We would like to genuinely thank the police oﬃcers and many professionals who go beyond the call of duty when these events hit as close to home as this one did.
Our communiCes are small, we all know one another which makes events such as this one even more diﬃcult to accept. It may be diﬃcult to know what to do or say or where to turn if this event triggers certain emoCons within ourselves. We wanted to take this Cme to remind members of the services available in your community through the CBHSSJB: hSps://www.creehealth.org/services/mental-health-services
If you are burdened with addicCon issues or going through mental and emoConal distress, please reach out to your local CMC and Wellness Centers or start with a friend or loved one in who you trust. Despite how we may be feeling, we are all surrounded by people who have our best interest at heart.
DomesCc violence is a reality in our communiCes and can happen to anyone. If you are concerned about the safety of a family member, a friend, or yourself, please contact the EEPF or the Robin’s Nest Women’s Shelter at 1-855-753-2094. You can learn more about the services oﬀered here: www.creehealth.org/services/robins-nest-womens-shelters
Our hearts go out to the communiCes of Wemindji and Waskaganish directly aﬀected by the traumaCc events. We must be able to stand strong alongside the families aﬀected and allow them to lean on us. Our communiCes are hurCng but it is only when we stand united that we get through the most diﬃcult of challenges.
Grand Chief Mandy Gull-Masty
Deputy Grand Chief Norman
Cree Na’on Government
Chief Chris Cree Na’on of Wemindji
Deputy Chief Samson Wischee
Cree Na’on of Waskaganish