Trudeau visiting First Nation in Saskatchewan rocked by stabbings

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a First Nation in Saskatchewan that was rocked by a fatal stabbing nearly three months ago.

Trudeau is in the James Smith Cree Nation today to meet with community leaders and members.

The September 4 stabbings left 11 dead and 18 injured in the community and in the nearby village of Weldon, Sask, northeast of Saskatoon.

Myles Sanderson, 32, the suspect in the attacks, later died in police custody, bringing the death toll to 12.

The event bolstered calls for more indigenous-led policing, and Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino has pledged to “work around the clock” to introduce legislation this fall that would declare indigenous policing an essential service.

James Smith Cree Nation Chief Wally Burns was one of the voices calling for tribal policing, and has also said the community needs funding for housing, especially for those hesitant to return to where family members were killed.

Governor General Mary Simon visited Saskatchewan Cemetery, where most of the victims of the disaster are buried, on September 28, stopping at each cemetery for a few minutes.

She also stopped for 10 minutes at a ditch where retired military veteran Earl Burns died in his school bus that rolled off the road after being attacked.

Saskatchewan’s chief coroner has said two public inquiries will be held into the stabbing – one that will focus on the 11 dead and another that will focus on Sanderson’s death in police custody.

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