By Lynda Powless
SASK- RCMP have issued another alert, this time, telling the James Smith Cree Nation residents that Myles Sanderson, 30, the key suspect in the multiple murders that have claimed the lives of 10 and injured 18 is not in their community Tuesday (Aug., 6 2022).
The new alert came out at about 5 p.m. telling people to continue to be alert and keep their doors locked but Myles Sanderson is “no longer believed to be on James Smith Cree Nations.”
RCMP had sent out an alert earlier Tuesday afternoon that the suspect had been spotted on the ground in the First Nation just as the community itself was holding a community meeting. Community members told Turtle Island News they were told to go immediately home, lock their doors, not pick up hitchhikers.
They said they had been told Sanderson had been spotted in the community.
Police had originally thought Myles Sanderson was in Regina.
A police manhunt is still underway.
Indigenous Services say they are focusing on services needed by the community.
Minister Patty Hajdu said for her it is “paramount that communities feel safe…that they feel they have care and control over the safety of their communities.”
She said it will be “critically important” for families and the community to determine how this happened.”
She said there is First Nation Policing legislation being co-developed at the federal level with First Nation leaders. She said many approaches have been imposed on First Nation people without their input and she is looking forward to this work with the communities and says it will be a priority.
She said consultations with First Nations on the issue is happening now. She said community leaders are telling them it is important to focus on community safety and crime prevention. She said the experience from this issue will feed into the discussions.
She said there is a need for better, more culturally appropriate mental health services that “must come through the lens of culture and cultural reclamation.” She said communities have initiated or discussed back to the land programs, school based programs and starting earlier. “We are willing to look at all of those things and I will be working with the leadership on this. We made the commitment we will be with James Smith Cree First Nation as they determine how to address these issues many of their members are facing.”