Missing NAPS Officer Recovered Print

It is with deep sadness that the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service announces that at 11:00 a.m. on July 9, 2009, Senior Constable Wilfred Chum was recovered from the Winisk River.

On June 18, 2009 at approximately 11:30 PM, a boat carrying Sr. Cst. Wilfred Chum and a community member from the Peawanuck First Nation capsized on the Winisk River. The community member made it safely to shore however Sr. Cst. Wilfred Chum was not found.

Senior Constable Wilfred Chum
Senior Constable Wilfred Chum was a member of the Moose Cree First Nation and he began his police career at Moose Factory with the First Nations Policing Program in 1978.

In 1980 Wilfred joined the Ontario Provincial Police and was stationed with the Northeast Patrol in South Porcupine. With the patrol unit he served the Cree communities of the James and Hudson's Bay Coast. He continued in subsequent OPP postings in Moosonee, Cochrane and Armstrong.

Sr. Constable Chum was seconded for period of 2 years to Northern College in Moosonee as an instructor with the Special Constable Program.

He had served the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office for 6 years as a fire investigator in Sudbury and Thunder Bay.

He returned to policing with the Anishnabek Police Service and was last working as a relief officer with NAPS Northeast Region.

On June 9, 2009 the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service was proud to have honoured Sr. Cst. Wilfred Chum with the Governor General of Canada Exemplary Service Medal for his dedicated 30 years of service to the First Nations People.

Sr. Cst. Wilfred Chum was planning to retire this summer.
Additional information on the funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

Peawanuck First Nation is approximately 720 km north of Cochrane, Ontario and is located near Hudson Bay.

For further information, please contact:

Sgt. Jackie George
Media Relations- Phone 807-623-2161- Ext.234
Nishnawbe -Aski Police Headquarters
Thunder Bay, Ontario