TORONTO - Dec. 10, 2018 - On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald extends her deepest condolences to the family of Braiden Jacob and the community of Webequie First Nation.
“I am saddened to see another body of our youth found in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I am sending my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Braiden Jacob during this time and to Chief Wabasse, his Council and the community of Webequie. There is no reason for this individual to have lost his life after travelling to Thunder Bay to attend counselling services for trauma and grief. Clearly, our funding partners must continue the ongoing work of increasing essential mental health services directly in First Nation communities.” said Ontario Regional Chief Archibald.
“While we do not know the full details of Braiden’s disappearance, we do know the loss of life and the lost potential of young people, like Braiden, is an ongoing tragedy must be addressed with real on the ground solutions in Thunder Bay. I ask our allies to work with us and stand with us as we take further steps to keep our youth safe. Like all families, we want our children to be safe and treated with dignity by everyone.”
A vigil took place for the family of the Braiden Jacob at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay on December 8th, 2018 at 7pm. We are sending our hearts and prayers to the family of Braiden and the community during this difficult time.
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald
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