Some Saskatchewan community members sleeping with guns after stabbing rampage: chief

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — The chief of a First Nation where there was a mass stabbing says some people are still sleeping with their guns as Indigenous leaders in Saskatchewan gathered to call for immediate resources to address safety in the north.

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

Meadow Lake Tribal Council Vice Chief Richard Derocher says communities throughout the north are feeling unsafe because of violence, addictions and a lack of policing.

Leaders say it’s also rooted in issues around a lack of supports for mental health, housing and education.

They are calling for all levels of government to come to the table to find Indigenous-led solutions.

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

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 4, 2022.

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