First Nations community in Cape Breton grieving after multiple deaths

Eskasoni First Nation .
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Nova Scotia’s largest Mi’kmaq community is grieving after what the band council calls multiple “expected and unexpected” deaths.

The Eskasoni First Nation council says in a statement today the community in eastern Cape Breton is going through a difficult time.

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It says comfort centres have been set up throughout the community where people can go for spiritual and cultural support.

The band council says Eskasoni has mental health services and a crisis centre available around-the-clock for anyone struggling, with community service providers working tirelessly to reach out to community members.

Chief Leroy Denny says people should not be afraid or apprehensive about reaching out for help.

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He says he’s thankful for the outpouring of support from neighbouring communities.