Ten dead, at least 15 hospitalized -- the news about this horrific tragedy has now gone around the world - I saw tweets tonight from many countries, and reports of many people overseas calling loved ones here to make sure they were OK.
Canadian police searched across Saskatchewan for two suspects believed to have stabbed to death 10 people in an Indigenous community and a nearby town in one of the deadliest mass killings in the country’s history. https://t.co/jV6JYC93De— The Associated Press (@AP) September 5, 2022
5:40 a.m. – RCMP receives multiple calls from James Smith Cree Nation about stabbings at different locations.7:12 a.m. – Saskatchewan RCMP issues dangerous persons alert, says police trying to locate two suspects. Area residents of James Smith Cree Nation and surrounding communities of Candle Lake, Prince Albert, Melfort, Humboldt and Rosthern told to seek immediate shelter, use caution.7:57 a.m. – RCMP releases names and photos of suspects: Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson. Damien Sanderson is described as five-feet-seven inches, 155 pounds with black hair, brown eyes. Myles Sanderson was described as six-feet-one inch, 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.8:20 a.m. – RCMP extends dangerous persons alert to province of Saskatchewan, saying the suspects are believed to be travelling in a vehicle.9:45 a.m. – RCMP issues fourth dangerous persons alert saying there have been multiple victims in multiple locations, at least one at James Smith Cree Nation and another victim at Weldon. Some of the attacks appear to be random.11:25 a.m. – RCMP sends request to Mounties in Manitoba and Alberta to extend dangerous persons alert to their provinces.12:07p.m. – RCMP issues fifth update saying witnesses report seeing suspect vehicle in Regina on Arcola Ave. Residents asked to shelter in place. The vehicle is described as a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI.3:45 p.m. – RCMP announces 10 people have been killed and 15 others injured in the attacks, which they say took place across 13 locations.
Regina police released this update earlier this evening:
The first crew from Saskatoon triaged patients at the scene, the second aircraft brought a physician to the scene to lead the response— kathy mahar (@kathymahar) September 4, 2022
Sask. RCMP suspect dangerous persons in Regina after multiple stabbings in James Smith Cree Nation, Weldon | CBC News https://t.co/vfpzdryTSO
Some information is now being posted online in memory and tribute to the people we have lost and the Associated Press is also reporting on some of the victims tonight. I had thought I might copy some of these tweets and excerpts but then I reconsidered - I think its more respectful to wait a bit until official announcements are made.
The @reginapolice continue to work collaboratively with our partners @RCMPSK on this investigation that started this morning on James Smith Cree Nation. Suspects have not been located. An active, focused investigation will continue until they are located and taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/8m91oSINIU— Chief Evan Bray (@evanjbray) September 5, 2022
Asking all Indigenous people to be kind to yourself. Horrific, unspeakable tragedy has struck #JamesSmithCreeNation. We all feel this pain. Reach out. Hold prayers, use your medicine, sing your song, use your gift to help those in pain & grief.— Leah GW (@GWLeah) September 5, 2022
and let yourself breathe. These days will be difficult, and let your spirit find comfort in knowing that the Ancestors await our loved ones, no matter what; Love awaits them on the other side. Justice is not ours nor is judgement. Leave that to Grandmothers and Grandfathers.🪶💔— Debbie ᑳᑫᓯᒧᑐᑕᐁ (@ironbow) September 5, 2022
And then these:
My sister and I talked about this, the brokenness of our nations. Hurt people, hurt other people. Add substances and alcohol and you can almost be assured something finds its way inside the heart and spirit. Something from death and darkness. There is no reasoning, only evil💔🪶— Debbie ᑳᑫᓯᒧᑐᑕᐁ (@ironbow) September 5, 2022
The last time I saw them in city limits was when my daughter left us. I walked to the field and told the kids to watch as I spoke with them. They lined up in one bright straight line directly in front of me. Then they were gone. I cried so hard. They gave me hope, comfort.🪶💔— Debbie ᑳᑫᓯᒧᑐᑕᐁ (@ironbow) September 5, 2022
In our cultures, we believe in our Ancestors who are these beautiful dancers in the sky. Their energy is this, the powerful beauty of it all. To love them is to understand them in this way. They show us who they are. Faith is in this belief we have, yes, comfort.🪶— Debbie ᑳᑫᓯᒧᑐᑕᐁ (@ironbow) September 5, 2022
My smudge tonight felt different. The connection between 🌍 and the Ancestors lingered for a long time before it burned out. As if it was trying to carry as much of the grief & anguish away from those hurting, as it could. Maybe I’m wrong, but that is what it felt like to me.🧡— 🙏🏼🇺🇦AliCat 🇨🇦🏁🐕⚾️ (@OilrGrl) September 5, 2022