The AMC Expresses Condolences in Response to Tragic Bus Crash

June 17, 2023

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba

AMC Communications

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is deeply saddened by the devastating accident that occurred near Swan Lake First Nation and Carberry, MB. on Thursday, resulting in the loss of fifteen lives and serious injury to 10 individuals, including many Senior Citizens. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this tragic crash, including the families who have lost their loved ones and those who are currently recovering from their injuries.
We pray for healing and comfort to the families who are grieving during this incredibly difficult time. We extend our heartfelt condolences and offer our support to all those affected as they embark on their healing journey. The pain and sorrow caused by this accident weigh heavily on our hearts, and we recognize the immense loss experienced by the community and all Manitobans.

Grand Chief Cathy Merrick said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost their loved ones in this heart-wrenching accident. We stand united with the affected community, and we the emergency response teams who have worked tirelessly to ensure that all necessary support is provided to the survivors and their families during their healing process.”

The AMC acknowledges the efforts of the RCMP, paramedics, all emergency responders and passers-bys who swiftly arrived at the scene, demonstrating their commitment to assisting those in need. We are grateful for their tireless dedication, and professionalism, care, and compassion for humanity during this challenging situation.

We urge the government, in partnership with local authorities and community organizations, to prioritize the well-being of the survivors and their families. It is imperative that we collectively provide the necessary resources, counselling services, and support systems to help them navigate the difficult road to recovery.

“It is in times of tragedy that our strength lies in our unity and compassion for one another. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs pledges its unwavering support to the affected community, and we encourage all Manitobans to come together during this period of immense grief and loss,” concluded Grand Chief Cathy Merrick.

For more information, please contact:
Communications Team
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

About the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
The AMC was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC is an authorized representative of 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba with a total of more than 151,000 First Nation citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 percent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho / Ininew (Cree), Anishininew (Ojibwe-Cree), Denesuline (Dene) and Dakota Oyate (Dakota) peoples.