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June 8, 2016


THUNDER BAY (June 8, 2016): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, offers condolences to the family and friends of Charnelle Masakeyash and the community of Mishkeegogamang First Nation following the positive identification of human remains:

“For seven months we have hoped and prayed that Charnelle would be located safe and sound and we extend our heartfelt condolences to her family and the Mishkeegogamang community following this tragic news. We acknowledge the efforts of everyone participating in the investigation into her disappearance, especially Mishkeegogamang and neighbouring community members who have searched tirelessly in the hope of returning Charnelle to her loved ones. We will continue to support her family and her community as they grieve this terrible loss and we await the outcome of the investigation so we can fully understand the circumstances around her disappearance.”

Charnelle Masakeyash, 26, has been missing since November 2015. An extensive search has been conducted in the Pickle Lake area by members of Mishkeegogamang First Nation, Cat Lake First Nation, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Canadian Rangers.

Her disappearance remains under police investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact:

Ontario Provincial Police - 1-888-310-1122
Chief Connie Gray McKay - 807-323-2083 or 807-928-2083
Lizzie Spence - 807-323-2705



For more information please contact: Tamara Piche, Communications Officer – Nishnawbe Aski Nation
(807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email

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