Saskatchewan’s James Smith Cree Nation is marking one year since mass stabbings claimed the lives of 11 people and left another 17 injured.
After a four-day manhunt following the stabbings in James Smith and the Village of Weldon, police arrested suspect Myles Sanderson, who died in police custody.
During the search for Sanderson, he evaded police by stealing vehicles and moving around on foot. RCMP sent several emergency alerts to inform the public about Sanderson’s possible whereabouts.
A private memorial service is planned for Monday and the day will wrap up with a candlelit vigil.
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) has applauded the James Smith Cree Nation for its strength over the past 12 months.
“We’re approaching the one year anniversary of a horrible incident that shook our region and our country,” FSIN fourth vice chief Heather Bear said.
“This is just one page of many chapters in terms of the ongoing healing and the ongoing development.”