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Sunday worshippers at the Church of Our Lady of the Visitation in La Loche, Sask., pray for the victims of Friday’s mass shooting.John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

"The link is hope. Every community needs that. Certainly young people need a sense of hope and I think a lot of mental-health issues flow from a lack of hope for people, not all of them but some, and so those are quality of life issues with respect to the education system and the health-care system."-Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall

"This community is the epicentre of the most recent tragedy, but it's a set of issues that this country has to come to grips with and [Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau is determined to make that happen and he is also looking forward to an early opportunity when he can visit La Loche personally."-Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale

"And how do you have a long-term strategy to end violence? That's the ultimate goal, violence in our communities. We start thinking about the gap we always refer to, between the quality of life between First Nations people and the rest of society. And this tragedy speaks to the need to really work together to develop that long-term strategy, provide hope for our young people."-Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde

"We have experienced similar tragedies far too often in the United States and understand all too well the heartache and sadness that result from such a horrific event."-U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman

"When something tragic like this happens, it's often the only time people hear about a community like La Loche and it's only in bad news, and the people here are very faithful and good people. … There's many tremendously generous people here, so … the story is much more than this in La Loche."-Archbishop of Keewatin-Le Pas Murray Chatlain

"As soon as I heard this yesterday, I thought to myself, 'Did I just [wake] up or is it a dream?' These two young kids, they didn't even start their life and they're gone. … Lately we've been losing teenagers, mostly teenagers that should be our future, but we see them in the graveyard now. Compared to 10 years ago, it wasn't like that. Now, we barely have room at the graveyard because of suicide, [and] tragedies like this."-Don Herman, uncle of victims Dayne and Drayden Fontaine

"Rather than looking for someone to blame, or coming up with outsider opinions of reasons why this occurred, we must stop and listen to the voices of La Loche. The leaders and members of the community know what types of support and changes are needed. Our responsibility as a nation is to listen and respond to create lasting systemic change."-Family of shooting victim Adam Wood

"Personally, I want the school rebuilt … because of the trauma that happened. … We need lots of resources … we need funding."- Kevin Janvier, acting mayor of La Loche, Sask.

"The families are hurting, the youth are hurting, the community is hurting. The north is hurting. … When you listen to the community, when you listen to the youth, when you listen to the elders, and the pain – they will say that also."-Georgina Jolibois, MP for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River

"People say it's a tough town, that it's a scary town. It's always had this reputation, so to speak. But when you get here, well, it's a beautiful town. People are really, really, close."-Keith Shewchuk, former alderman