Lots of ground covered in first few days of inquest into James Smith Cree Nation, Weldon deaths

By Ryan Kiedrowski Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Kerry Vickar Centre in Melfort was transformed last week from a community recreation centre into a formal courtroom, accommodating the needs of a coroner’s inquest the likes the entire country has never seen. The inquest is seeking to not only provide a glimpse into the mass murder event on the James Smith Cree Nation and nearby community of Weldon during the 2022 September long weekend, but to come up with recommendations to possibly avoid a similar situation from ever occurring again. The Sept. 4, 2022 rampage had global attention focussed on an evolving situation in east-central Saskatchewan as conflicting reports about Myles and Damian Sanderson emerged. Fear gripped many across the province with unverified reports that the brothers had locations such as…

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