Manitoba needs more support for youth, First Nations leaders say following stabbing death of teen – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 202333 Views

Dec 06, 2023

As the community of Norway House grapples with the recent stabbing death of a 15 year old boy, leaders are focused on how to handle the trauma and prevent youth violence in the future.

Two community members have been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the attack early Saturday —a 38-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy.

“People are devastated,” said Chief Larson Anderson of Norway House Cree Nation.

“We are a small community and many of us know each other,” he said, explaining that with just one school in the community of roughly 5,400 people, most students will know the victim.

“When you lose a young person like this, it really hurts.”

While Norway House has a local crisis response team, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak is sending additional support on Friday to help people process the trauma they might be feeling following the teen’s death.

Greg Fontaine, program manager of MKO’s Mobile Crisis Response Team, said support can range from visits in people’s homes to sitting in a vehicle with a cup of coffee.

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