Friends remember Valerie Tyo as a strong and dynamic woman, a mistress of nature and a pillar of the French-speaking Yukon community.
A 37-year-old man was killed by a grizzly bear on Monday along with his 10-month-old daughter, Adel Roesholt. At that time they were alone in their remote cabin. The child’s father, Germund Roesholt, found their bodies — and killed the bear dead — when he returned from the day, checking his traplane.
“It’s so hard to believe,” said Madeleine Puze, one of Teeta’s closest friends in the Yukon.
“She will be remembered as a woman, so strong and positive, loving, generous and respectful and respectful of nature. For example, she was just the mistress of nature, ”she said.
“Just an amazing woman. Best friend".
The family cabin is located northeast of Mayo, Yukon, next to N.W.T. boundaries. Pizeze says that Germund Roesholt returned home to Whitehorse on Tuesday to be greeted by friends. She says she’s gathered Tuesday night to mourn and give support.
“We were so lucky that he was ready to go with us, and this played a big role for us and, probably, for him too, in order to feel that we are all together,” she said.
"He was just able to talk with the group about what he had been through and how happy they were before, on the trap, and how beautiful it was."
Those originally from Quebec and Roesholt, originally from Norway, had their ladies for about three years and collected wolves, foxes, lynx and other animals. Orte developed and sold fur products, and Roesholt also worked as a guide to the desert.
This autumn spent several months on trapland, while Thera was on maternity leave from her job as a teacher of French diving at Whitehorse.
“It was the time of their life,” said Piuse.
More than ten years ago, she moved to the Yukon. Since then, she has many friends, many of them through the French-speaking association.
The Yurkona French-speaking community is closely connected – there are about 1,500 people in the area who consider French as their first language, and most of them live in Whitehorse.
"[Théorêt] there was a young woman full of energy, known to the whole community because she was involved in many things, ”said Isabel Salsa, executive director of L & # 39; Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY).
“It’s like a domino effect, and it all depends on the news.”
Twelve years ago, the Yukon French-speaking community was devastated by another deadly attack by a bear. 28-year-old Jean-France Oise Pagge was tortured to death by a grizzly, while he was doing prey under the Ross River.
Sayless says that Page – also remembered as a dynamic and adventurous spirit – is still missed. She believes that the loss of the Torah and the baby Adele will have the same lasting effect.
“This includes a child, and one who has done so much good for the community and has been so positive that it is simply unthinkable,” she said.
"It struck me that [Théorêt] always smiled. She had that huge smile … her baby was going the same way. ”
On Thursday, AFY will open its doors at Whitehorse to anyone who wants to be together or may need support. The group invited a registered psychotherapist on hand, from 2:30 to 9 pm, for anyone who wants to talk.