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MLA offers emotional eulogy to son as legislature returns – Nunatsiaq News

May 25, 2023

Janet Pitsiulaaq Brewster remembers Jayko Wilson Craig Lyall-Ritchie, who died by suicide March 13

In an emotional eulogy, Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Janet Pitsiulaaq Brewster remembered her late son Jayko Wilson Craig Lyall-Ritchie when the legislative assembly of Nunavut opened Wednesday afternoon.

Lyall-Ritchie died by suicide March 13, right at the end of the legislative sitting earlier this year. He was in his late 20s.

While other MLAs delivered statements updating the assembly on news from their communities, Brewster used her time to pause and remember Lyall-Ritchie, who she described as a caring but imperfect person.

“Despite the adversity that he faced, he continually focused on being a caring person, caring, caring to family and everyone in his life, he could always be counted on to uplift the spirits of everyone around him,” she said.

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