Stuck in 'halfway place,' remote Canadian community reels from shooting




 
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Stuck in 'halfway place,' remote Canadian community reels from shooting
 
January 23rd, 2016  
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Topic: Stuck in 'halfway place,' remote Canadian community reels from shooting


Stuck in 'halfway place,' remote Canadian community reels from shooting
By Julie Gordon and Rod Nickel VANCOUVER/WINNIPEG (Reuters) - The remote, northern Canadian community where a shooter killed four people and injured several others on Friday has long struggled under the weight of poverty, high suicide rates and disadvantages that most of the country can hardly imagine. The isolated town of La Loche, in the western province of Saskatchewan, and its neighboring Clearwater River Dene Indian reserve, six hours away from the nearest airport, embody the dire prospects for Canada's Aboriginals, also known as First Nations. Unemployment stands above 20 percent in the community, suicide and addiction rates are high, homes are overcrowded and family violence is rife in the community which is mostly Metis, a culture with French and Aboriginal roots.




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