Chief – Winnipeg Free Press

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Chief of a First Nation where there was a massive stabbing attack says some people are still sleeping with their weapons as Indigenous leaders in Saskatchewan come together to call for immediate resources to keep the North safe .

James Smith Cree Nation Chief Wally Burns says members are still feeling the effects of the stabbing rampage that left 11 dead and 18 injured on the First Nation and in the nearby village of Weldon, Saskatchewan , in September.

Meadow Lake Tribal Council Vice-Chief Richard Derocher says northern communities feel unsafe due to violence, addictions and a lack of policing.

Chief Wally Burns stands for photograph in a classroom at the James Smith Cree Nation school on September 20, 2022. The chief of a First Nation where there was a massive stabbing says some people are sleeping still with their guns as Indigenous leaders in Saskatchewan came together to call for immediate resources to ensure security in the North. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

Leaders say it is also rooted in issues around lack of support for mental health, housing and education.

They call on all levels of government to come together to find Indigenous-led solutions.

Last month, the federal government signed an agreement to explore new ways to improve the safety of some First Nations in Saskatchewan

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 4, 2022.


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