With a mix of remembrance and celebration, James Smith Cree Nation is preparing to mark the one-year anniversary of a tragic event that deeply impacted the community.
On Sept. 4, 2022, Myles Sanderson went on a deadly stabbing rampage on the First Nation and the nearby community of Weldon, killing 11 and injuring 17 others.
A year later, the community gathered in memorial of those they lost.
“If you go out there, a lot of our people are happy. People are moving on with their lives. I know it’s hard to forget, but we have to,” one member of the community expressed.
In a close-knit community like James Smith Cree Nation, the tragedy touched nearly everyone.
Dennis Sanderson reflected on the impact.
“Hailey got away, and my son had to fight. The same way as my nephew fought for his family. War veteran; learned how to fight, and that’s how he left me – fighting for …