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Nov 14, 2023
‘All of the deaths we’ve experienced have touched every person in Fort McPherson,’ says chief
Prayer circles were held across the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and northern B.C. over the weekend to mourn a series of recent deaths in the hamlet of Fort McPherson, N.W.T.
Three young women, a young man and an elder in the community all died within days of one another. Several left behind young children.
The losses have deeply affected the small, tight-knit Gwich’in community, which has already been experiencing a difficult year.
Bella Martin lives in Fort McPherson and is a family member of one of the people who died in recent days.
“The community has been hit hard,” she said. “I want to say my condolences to the families of the ones we lost and just continued prayers for Teetl’it Zheh.”