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James Smith Cree Nation Chief Meets with Federal Minister to Discuss Sting

JAMES SMITH CREE NATION – The Saskatchewan indigenous chief, who was hit by a series of deadly stabbings earlier this month, is heading to Toronto for a meeting with federal ministers.

James Smith Cree Nation Chief Wally Burns says his community is devastated by the violence and is grieving.

On September 4, 10 people were stabbed to death and 18 wounded in the area and in the neighboring village of Weldon, Sask.

The suspects, brothers Damian and Miles Sanderson, were also killed. Damian died of non-self-inflicted wounds, and Miles died of medical distress while in RCMP custody.

Mr. Burns did not say which cabinet ministers he would meet with, but he plans to discuss generational traumas that Saskatchewan’s Indigenous peoples continue to face, including the boarding school system.

He says the community has been dealing with trauma long before the killings and hopes the federal and state governments can help them deal with it.

Burns also calls on local police and rehabilitation centers to help people deal with addiction.

Burns said on Tuesday, citing the 2016 shooting in La Roche, Sasque, where four people were killed and seven injured, saying, “Others (First Nations) are aware of this[intergenerational]trauma. I am affected,” he said.

“I think a lot of this should bring us together and consider how we protect our country, Canada.”

This report by the Canadian Press was first published on September 20, 2022.

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James Smith Cree Nation Chief Meets with Federal Minister to Discuss Sting

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