Incident in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Results in the Passing of Two Community Members

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Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake) - Photo by James Murray
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake) - Photo by James Murray

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug – Two people have been confirmed deceased after an incident on Monday in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI), formerly Big Trout Lake First Nation, located more than 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

KI has issued the following statement:

An investigation is ongoing. More information will be released by the community as it becomes available.

The community of KI has suffered significant loss over the past month with an additional seven individuals having passed between December 1st, 2023 and January 1st, 2024.

KI honours the memory of Baby Childforever, Matthew Sainnawap, Sophie Cromarty, Debra McKay, Rebbecca Sakakeep, Adam McKay, and Clayton Nesh.

“Our community is grieving with the loss of so many of our members in such a short period of time. While some of these deaths were expected, many were not. Our community as a whole is shaken by this tremendous loss and our ability to provide services over the holidays has been greatly impacted” said Chief Donny Morris We ask that everyone respect the families’ privacy during this difficult time.”

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