Tears flowed February 22 in Whapmagoostui, the day of the Doris Sheshamush’s funeral. “The funeral was packed,” said neighbour Sonny Orr. “It’s sad because it’s been the fifth funeral this year.”

Sheshamush was found by police frozen to death February 18 in the afternoon after allegedly leaving her house few hours earlier. She was a 42-year-old housewife, mother of four and grandmother of one who lived with partner Pierre and her four children. “She was a nice person,” said Orr.

Another death was announced on February 10: Josie Kawapit Jr. died at 17 years old of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to CBC North. The community is now mourning the deaths of these two residents.

All of us at the Nation extend our condolences to the families of both Doris Sheshamush and  Josie Kawapit Jr.