The Grand Council of the Crees

Message From The Grand Chief On The Tragic News From Mistissini

Posted: 2015-04-01

Message from the Cree Nation:

We were shocked and devastated to learn about the tragic accident resulting in the loss of five of our Cree youth in a fire while hunting. We have lost David Jimiken, Emmett Coonishish, Chiiwetin Coonishish, Kevin Loon and Charlie Gunner.

On behalf of the entire Cree Nation, I extend our deepest condolences to the families and to the community of Mistissini who must all now find a source of compassion and strength to endure this terrible tragedy and to support one another in a journey of healing.

At a time of such unfathomable loss we can only express our deepest sympathies to the families and pray that the knowledge of the full support of the entire Cree Nation will help in some way in providing comfort and easing the terrible pain they are suffering. Their loss is a loss for the Cree Nation and we mourn with them. Their tragedy is the Cree Nation’s tragedy.

May their memories be a blessing and a source of sustenance as we collectively come to terms with this frightful occurrence.

On behalf of the entire Cree Nation,

Matthew Coon Come

Grand Chief