SaskCulture extends its deepest condolences to those mourning family, friends, and neighbours following the unspeakable and senseless violence that occurred on September 4 on James Smith Cree Nation and in Weldon, SK. The brutal acts that day claimed the lives of eleven people, injured 18, and impacted countless others. We acknowledge that it is not only the community who is suffering, and acknowledge the many others who may have been triggered by this trauma, as well as the first responders, health care workers, local community members and Indigenous peoples in communities throughout the province. Our hearts go out to those gathering strength to carry on, especially the children of these families who will feel the impact for years to come.
Support is available for those impacted by calling the Hope for Wellness Helpline at 1-855-242-3310, Crisis Services Canada 1-933-456-4566 or text 45645, or the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868, or text 686868.