Deaths of Two Young Men in Couchiching Hit Hard

Indigenous women Elders The Eagle Feathers and Smudge along with tobacco at City Hall - Image taken with permission
The Eagle Feathers and Smudge along with tobacco at Thunder Bay City Hall - Image taken with permission

Treaty Three PoliceCOUCHICHING FIRST NATION – Two young men are dead following an accident on July 3 2014.

Treaty Three Police report, “In the early morning hours of July 03, 2015 Members of the Treaty Three Police Service Couchiching Detachment were dispatched to an investigation involving two motor vehicles that were submerged in the Frog Creek, in behind the Heron Landing Golf Course situated at the end of Frog Creek Road on the Couchiching First Nation”.

The deaths of the two young men has hit hard in both their home communities of White Sands First Nation, Pic River First Nation, and across the Pow Wow Circuit in Northwestern Ontario.

There was a ceremony on Fort William First Nation last night.

Dancers and Drummers alike are feeling the pain as the two young men were active members of the community.

A subsequent Investigation conducted by the Treaty Three Police Service, in cooperation with the Ontario Provincial Police Traffic Investigators, Dive Team and Provincial Liaison Team have revealed that alcohol, speed, and a lack of knowledge of the general area were major attributing factors to this tragedy.

As a result of the investigation, The Treaty Three Police have charged one eighteen-year-old male from Thunder Bay with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Dangerous Driving, Race a Motor Vehicle and Drive with No License.

The accused has been released for a Fort Frances court date set for September 8, 2015.

The bodies of a twenty-three-year-old man from the community of White Sands First Nation and a thirty-year-old man from the Pic River First Nation were recovered in one of the submerged vehicles by the OPP Dive Team.

The Treaty Three Police Service would like to remind the public of the severe dangers of drinking and driving and further encourage all persons choosing to consume alcohol to plan for a safe ride home.

Should anyone have information on this incident or any other Crime you are encouraged to contact your local Treaty Three Detachment or call Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-(800) 222-8477 (TIPS).

NetNewsLedger extends our thoughts and prayers to the friends and families.

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