Two missing Champagne and Aishihik First Nations citizens found dead in Whitehorse

Wreathes and a cross commemorate Alexander and Shyann Williams on Miles Canyon Road. (Photo: S. Bonell)

Yukon RCMP continue to investigate the incident.

Two Haines Junction residents reported missing in Whitehorse were found dead, last week.

In a media release late last week, chief coroner Heather Jones confirmed the deaths of 36-year-old Champagne and Aishihik First Nations citizens Alexander Williams and his sister 24-year-old Shyann Williams, both from Haines Junction.

According to the release, Whitehorse RCMP were responding to a vehicle collision on Miles Canyon Road when they found that a vehicle had left the road and landed in Schwatka Lake. Both Alexander and Shyann Williams were found inside.

Yukon RCMP’s Traffic Services Forensic Reconstructionist continues to investigate the collision, while autopsies for the Haines Junction residents have been scheduled in Abbotsford, B.C.

The release signed off thanking the Whitehorse Fire Department and RCMP for their assistance, and offering condolences to the Williams family and community of Haines Junction.

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations announced the funeral procession to Champagne at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 at Heritage North Funeral Home (1101 Centennial Street), and the funeral service on Sunday, May 26 at 1 p.m. with a potlatch to follow.

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations also shared information about support and counselling services available to those in need. Available resources include:

CAFN’s Community Wellness Emergency Line: 867.333.4477

Counselling Support and Equine Therapy: 867.335.4460

Northern Focus: 867.689.1885

Kids Help Phone (24/7): 1.800.668.6868 (toll free call), Youth text “CONNECT” to 686868, Adults text “WELLNESS” to 741741

CMHA Yukon Reach Out Support Line (24/7): 1.844.533.3030

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