Crash victims mourned: funeral held for seven dead.
The predominantly Anglican native community of Nibinamik, also known as Summer Beaver, in northern Ontario Northern Ontario is the part of the province of Ontario which lies north of Lake Huron (including Georgian Bay), the French River and Lake Nipissing.
Northern Ontario has a land area of 802,000 km² (310,000 mi²) and constitutes 87% of the land area of Ontario, although it was shaken Sept. 11 when seven members of the village and a pilot were killed in a plane crash.
A Wasaya Airways Wasaya Airways LP is a 100% First Nations owned domestic airline based in Northern Ontario. To date, its main hubs are at the Thunder Bay International Airport and Sioux Lookout Airport, however, it also offers a charter service out of a base in Red Lake, a charter and limited Cessna Grand Caravan was traveling from Pickle Lake to Nibinamik, about 400 km north of Thunder Bay Thunder Bay, city (1991 pop. 113,946), SW Ont., Canada, on Thunder Bay inlet of Lake Superior. The city was created in 1970 by the amalgamation of the twin cities of Fort William and Port Arthur and two adjoining townships. , when it went down about 10 km from its destination. There were no survivors. The cause of the crash was not known and the federal Transportation Safety Board was investigating.
"We sent seven clergy in on Sept. 12, when we heard about the crash, and a couple of crisis workers," said Rev. Cathy Giroux, director of administration of the diocese of Keewatin, which covers eastern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario Northwestern Ontario is the region within the Canadian province of Ontario which lies north and west of Lake Superior, and west of Hudson Bay and James Bay. It includes most of subarctic Ontario. . The Anglican church of St. Barnabas is the only church in the community of about 350, she said. The priest in charge A priest in charge is a priest in charge of a parish who does not receive the temporalities of the parish. That is, he or she is not legally responsible for the churches and glebe, simply holds a licence rather than freehold and is not appointed by advowson. , Rev. Georgina Neshinapaise, lost a brother and brother-in-law in the accident; according to Bishop David Ashdown of Keewatin.
The casualties included Nibinamik First Nation Summer Beaver, Ontario is a small community in Northern Ontario, connected to the rest of the province by its airport, and a winter/ice road that leads to the Northern Ontario Resource Trail. deputy chief Lawrence Yellowhead Yellowhead (or Tête Jaune) was the nickname of a furtrader and explorer. The Yellowhead Pass in the Rocky Mountains on the border between British Columbia and Alberta, and Tête Jaune Cache, British Columbia are named after him. , band councilors Mike Wabasse and Richard Beaver, band co-ordinator Leonard Sugarhead, equipment operator Rudy Neshinapaise, Mr. Wabasse's sister-in-law, Violet Wabasse, her seven-year-old grandson, Nathan Wabasse and pilot Jonathon Hulls.
Bishop Ashdown travelled to Nibinamik on Sept. 19 to preside over a funeral for the seven victims. "To preside at a funeral with six adult coffins and one child's coffin lined up in front of you is a pretty sobering event. At the last hymn, it's a tradition to place hands on the coffin and there was a sea of hands placed on these seven coffins for the last goodbye. Everybody was affected," he said in an interview.
About 1,200 people arrived in the small community for the funeral. The diocese has a pastoral care plan in place to keep clergy in the community for the coming year.
The diocese has also established a Nibinamik Crisis Appeal Fund, to help meet costs for clergy going into the community and to supply food. The fund had reached $8,000 by late September, with St. Alban's Cathedral in the diocesan see city of Kenora contributing $5,000 and the diocese of Ottawa sending an unspecified amount.