As the country mourned the tragedy at the La Loche Community School in northern Saskatchewan this past weekend, residents of North Durham were shocked and saddened to learn that one of our own, 35-year-old Uxbridge native Adam Wood, a teacher at the school, was one of the four people killed in the shooting.
Having dedicated his life to bettering the lives of young people, Mr. Wood had moved to the remote community this past September to begin his teaching career instructing young people that had no doubt experienced a great deal of adversity prior to Friday’s tragic events.
The events have spurred a renewed national dialogue that has been pushed aside far too often, the crippling isolation of many remote northern communities across the country.
As is the case in Weagamow, where members of the Uxbridge Secondary School Tigers hockey team have spent the past three winters conducting hockey clinics, many of these communities deal with high suicide rates, a result of a crippling lack of mental health services to deal with rampant drug and alcohol addictions, as well as high crime rates with a dire lack of employment opportunities. the sad fact is that many residents of remote northern communities find themselves cut off from any sort of hope.
Thankfully, there does seem to be change in the air, with a recent commitment from the Trudeau-led Liberal government to launch a national inquiry into the ongoing crisis surrounding missing and murdered aboriginal women, as well as other reforms in the relationship between the federal government and First Nations people across the country.
We are fortunate to have strong communities in North Durham, and all citizens of this country should be so lucky. Adam Wood was noble in trying to bring that to the residents of La Loche, and all levels of government should continue to work towards those goals.
We reserve the right to remove any and all comments for any reason. Comments with swearing will be deleted without exception.