NAN Offers Condolences Following Fatal House Fire in Sandy Lake First Nation

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Bobby Narcisse, on behalf of the Executive Council, expressed heartfelt condolences following news of a tragic house fire last night in Sandy Lake First Nation that is believed to have claimed the lives of several children.

“On behalf of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, I send our thoughts and prayers to the family, first responders and community of Sandy Lake First Nation at this difficult time. We do not have all the details, but we are hearing from the community that several children may have lost their lives.

This tragedy comes as a tremendous shock, and words cannot express the grief that we share with the family and community. We are in touch with leadership and have assured Chief and Council that we will help ensure that they receive the supports they need as quickly as possible.

Chii-miigwetch to the first responders and other community members who braved extreme cold for hours. We have heard that their efforts were nothing short of heroic.

This tragedy comes at a very challenging time. We encourage everyone to join the community in prayer and find ways to comfort one another as we grieve this terrible loss.”

The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service North West Crime Unit is investigating with assistance from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office and Ontario Provincial Police Identification Unit. More information will be confirmed as the investigation progresses.

Sandy Lake First Nation is a remote Oji-Cree community located along the Severn River approximately 600 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay. It is accessible only by air or seasonal winter roads.

For more information please contact:
Michael Heintzman,
Director of Communications
Cell: (807) 621-2790