First Nations University to hold vigils for stabbing victims

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The First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) will gather in prayer and mourning at its Saskatchewan campuses after the stabbing attacks over the weekend.

"FNUniv stands with those who are hurting and in pain," said university president Jacqueline Ottmann. "We open our hearts in support and warmly embrace you with thoughts and prayers for hope and healing. What happened is unfathomable — a beautiful morning darkened by loss. Collectively, we feel the shock, so together, we will mourn, pray, and heal.

"Our hearts are broken, but our will and resolve to survive and move through this trauma, from the unspeakable, is unshaken."

On Wednesday, students and community members at the university's three campuses — in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert — will gather at 7 p.m. for a candlelight and prayer vigil.

"We encourage everyone to attend," Ottmann said.

The university is also taking extra precautions to make sure students, staff, faculty and everyone on campus are safe, she added.

"Because our sense of security may be in question, the University has also confirmed additional patrols and guards for each campus. Please continue to be vigilant, be aware of your surroundings and keep your families safe."

On Friday, the Regina campus will also host a prayer gathering for all who want to pray for James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon.

The university's flags have been lowered to half-mast.

Julia Peterson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The StarPhoenix