A Saskatchewan M-P’s suggestion no additional resources have been brought in to help a northern village deal with a tragic fatal shooting is being questioned by the provincial government.
The N-D-P’s Georgina Jolibois says the people of La Loche are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and need consistent support after January’s shooting that left four people dead and seven wounded.
But Saskatchewan Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter says mental health support is being provided and Jolibois is uninformed.
Reiter says emergency lock-down protocols for the two schools in La Loche have been established as well as upgrades to the security systems in the schools, and a provision of Violent Threat Risk Assessment training is underway.
He says security officers are now stationed in both schools during operations and are on site during any after school or weekend activities adding the government is working with Northern Lights School Division in developing the 2016-17 school plan, which will consider potential additional teacher positions, counselling supports, reallocation of resources as well as connections to Adult Basic Education and trades education.
La Loche Mayor Kevin Janvier says the community is working with the province to create a long-term, sustainable response to the tragedy adding it’s hoped a community-led action plan, with support from the provincial government and the federal government, will help La Loche to rebuild.
In the meantime, SaskTel says it will complete network expansion plans in the La Loche area by end of 2016 and is supporting design work for Wi-Fi connectivity at the hospital.
SaskTel’s $10-million broadband enhancement project is supported with up to $7.5 million in federal ‘Connecting Canadians’ funding and will benefit 26 communities in northern Saskatchewan.
A separate $2.4-million program would improve broadband connections for First Nations Band offices and could be completed in 2017, if approved by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada