Sol Mamakwa MPP, Kiiwetinoong

Government of Ontario

Mamakwa supports Wunnumin Lake First Nation’s request for provincial help

Published on August 26, 2021

SIOUX LOOKOUT, TREATY 3 TERRITORY — Sol Mamakwa, MPP for Kiiwetinoong and NDP critic for Indigenous and Treaty Relations, released the following statement in support of Wunnumin Lake First Nation’s request for provincial help after a series of traumatic deaths:
 
“I share in the deep grief of Wunnumin Lake First Nation as it mourns the tragic loss of three precious lives in little more than a day. Losing two young people, one in a tragic fall and one to suicide, and then learning an elder has passed away in long-term care, far from family and home, is shattering. I am extremely worried about the impact of these events on the community — especially those who lost a loved one or witnessed the traumatic circumstances of the deaths.
 
Community-based, culturally appropriate mental health resources are needed immediately, and I echo Wunnumin Lake First Nation’s call on the Ford government to urgently provide immediate and long-term investments in a comprehensive and coordinated continuum of mental health care.
 
The community is in crisis now. There is no time for jurisdictional ping-pong. Ontario must urgently answer Wunnumin Lake First Nation’s request for help.”