On behalf of all CUPE members, we offer our deepest condolences to the community of La Loche, Saskatchewan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and first responders affected by Friday’s tragedy.

CUPE members in schools across Canada work to provide a safe learning environment that fosters the best opportunity for education. I know this tragedy hits very close to home for those members.

Children, their teachers and school support staff have a right to feel safe. We add our voice to the call for long-term systemic change that will ensure every child, every resident and every community has the health care, infrastructure and education they need. 

Mark Hancock
CUPE National President