Webequie First Nation in northern Ontario is appealing to the public for support as they face the heartbreaking loss of Braiden Jacob (Eagle Man of the Wolf Clan).
Braiden was visiting Thunder Bay last week to access counselling services for trauma and grief when he went missing late on December 5th, 2018. His family began searching for him when he did not return to his hotel room in Thunder Bay and he was reported missing on December 6th. On Saturday, Thunder Bay police released further details of Braiden’s disappearance, such as what he was wearing and that he was last seen early Thursday morning in the Limbrick area. His body was found by a passerby on Sunday morning, on the golf course in Chapples Park less than 3 km away. No charges have been laid and the investigation is ongoing.
Braiden’s death comes in the wake of the loss of multiple other indigenous youth in the City of Thunder Bay over the last 18 years, including another young man named Jordan Wabasse from Webequie First Nation.
This Go Fund Me page has been created to support the Jacob family and the community of Webequie during this devastating time. All funds will go directly to Webequie First Nation’s Family Support Fund which is dedicated to helping community members during times of crisis and immense need. Funds will go directly to supporting the Jacob family while they are in Thunder Bay awaiting the post-mortem results, charter flights to bring Braiden’s body and his family back home to Webequie, funeral costs in the remote community, as well as immediate grief and trauma counseling for the family and community members and other associated costs. This funding will also enable traditional healing ceremonies in Webequie to support those in need.
We are asking for support from the community of Thunder Bay, the province of Ontario, and from all of Canada. We hope that this fund will bring some peace to the family so that they may focus on their healing. Please hold the Jacob family and the community of Webequie in your hearts. Braiden was a kind, gentle young man who loved his family and friends deeply. He will be remembered as an avid athlete, incredible dancer, loyal son, brother, uncle, and a true friend. His death has left the community of Webequie reeling.
Meegwetch for your love, prayers, and support during this heart wrenching time. All donations, big or small, are deeply appreciated and will help to bring some healing and balance to Webequie First Nation.
All inquiries can be directed to Chief Cornelius Wabasse at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorothy Wabasse, Ida Troutlake and Kevin MacDonald are employees of the First Nation and are managing/assisting with the campaign. Donations received will be transferred to a First Nation bank account.