NAN Offers Prayers and Condolences to Families and Communities as Missing Aircraft Located

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum, on behalf of the Executive Council, sends prayers and condolences following the discovery yesterday of an aircraft reported missing during a flight between Nakina and Eabametoong First Nation:

“We are heartbroken that our worst fears have been confirmed, and we pray for the people on board this aircraft, their families, and communities. We had hoped and prayed that they would be located in good health and reunited with their loved ones as quickly as possible, and we are devastated to learn of this tragic outcome.

Our thanks go to the many professionals and volunteers who participated in the aerial search, and the members of Eabametoong First Nation and Webequie First Nation who conducted searches on the ground. We are grateful for your courageous efforts during these search and rescue operations.

Air travel is essential to reach the majority of communities across NAN territory. We do not know the full details of this incident, but we are grateful for all of the pilots and crew who provide this vital service to northern and remote communities.

Please join us in sending love and prayers to the families of those we have lost, Nakina, and all communities impacted.”

NAN thanks the federal Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and everyone who participated in the search including the Canadian Forces, Ontario Provincial Police, Ministry of Natural Resources, Canadian Coast Guard, and the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association of Canada. Eabametoong (Fort Hope) is a remote Ojibwe community on the shores of Eabamet Lake. It is located approximately 300 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, accessible only by aircraft and seasonal winter roads.

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

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