Tragedy in Nova Scotia

Following the tragic events that happened over the weekend in Nova Scotia, which have been felt from coast to coast, we would like to offer our sincere condolences and support to our colleagues in Atlantic Region as well as to the families and communities in Nova Scotia directly or indirectly affected by this unimaginable situation.

During such a tragedy, we often feel helpless and are looking for ways to show our support to those who are in need. If you would like to express your condolences, you can do so on the Facebook group StrongerTogetherNS or send an email to

Because of the current circumstances related to COVID-19 and the inability to organize large gatherings, a virtual vigil will take place today, Friday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic Daylight Time). The vigil will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube and available through the Facebook page Online Vigil: Nova Scotia Remembers.

In these difficult times, remember to take time to take care of yourself, and also to reach out to your families, friends and colleagues.

If you need additional support, we recommend accessing the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-268-7708. Indigenous employees can also contact the Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or via online chat at These two resources are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Thank you.

Daniel Watson
Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Jean-François Tremblay
Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada

Diane Lafleur
Associate Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Sony Perron
Associate Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada

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