The City of Humboldt marked the fifth anniversary of a collision that rocked the nation.
On April 6, 2018, the Humboldt Broncos were on their way to Nipawin to face the Nipawin Hawks in a playoff game. At the intersection of Highways 35 and 335, a westbound semi-truck failed to stop, hitting the Broncos’ team bus. Sixteen people died. Thirteen survived.
Humboldt Mayor Michael Behiel proclaimed April 6, 2023, as 2017-18 Humboldt Broncos Day in the City of Humboldt to mark the event.
“His Worship encourages all citizens to remember and honour those who were impacted by the tragedy of April 6, 2018, and to observe a moment of silence this April 6 at 4:50 p.m., the approximate time the tragedy occurred five years ago,” said the City of Humboldt proclamation.
The city hosted a hybrid tribute of online content and showed videos at the Elgar Petersen Arena.
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Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minsiter of Canada, said April 6 was a day to remember the lives that were cut short, honour the survivors, and stand with the families and the community of Humboldt.
“The Humboldt community is emblematic of what it means to be Canadian. They have shown enormous strength and resilience in the years since the tragedy by creating scholarships and sponsorships for future generations and providing counselling services and support groups for those impacted,” he said. “We remember the lives lost; we also look ahead with hope and optimism for the survivors, who now speak out about dealing with trauma, making our communities more accessible, and leading healthy lifestyles.”
Pierre Poilievre, the leader of the official opposition, also marked the occasion.
“It’s been five years since we lost 16 people in a tragic bus crash in Saskatchewan – young lives that were full of promise and hope, gone in a heartbeat,” he said. “To the Humboldt Broncos families, organization and all of the Western Canadian hockey community, we’re thinking of you.”
April 7 was proclaimed as Green Shirt Day in the City of Humboldt in honour of Logan Boulet.
Boulet succumbed to his injuries five years ago on April 7, 2018, but as an organ donor, his organs went to others, inspiring other people to become organ donors.
Mayor Behiel encouraged all citizens to wear green on April 7 to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and to “have the kitchen table talk” with their families, the city said in a media release.
This story was originally published in the Humboldt Journal.
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