This past week has been a challenging time for communities in our North.
The news that two murder suspects had been seen in communities in our North has been a major concern.
The actions of the two suspects in question have caused fear, immense stress and worry for many across Northern Manitoba and particularly for people living in communities like Split Lake, Gillam, Fox Lake War Lake and most recently York Landing that have been directly impacted.
Our North has been painted as being in the middle of nowhere. It’s not. Our North is made up of communities where people are connected to the land, working at the hydro dams, people who have to travel on the road to access the most basic services – this is a real ordeal for people who are now holed up in their homes with helicopters hovering overhead. This is an unbelievably difficult time in our communities.
I want to thank the RCMP, the military and others like the Bear Clan Patrol and all who are working around the clock to keep our communities safe.
This has been a challenging time but at a time when the world is watching we have been showing that in our North people and communities pull together.