Who’s really to blame in the James Smith tragedy?

By Ryan Kiedrowski Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A nation once again turned it’s eyes toward east-central Saskatchewan as details about the largest mass-murder in recent history surfaced during a coroner’s inquest into the 11 deaths on the James Smith Cree Nation and nearby village of Weldon. A collective `tsk, what a tragedy’ could be heard as readers learned of accounts from community members and emergency crews who experienced the events firsthand. After listening to many hours of testimony_equal parts viewing the timeline of events through a microscope and emotional accounts of early September, 2022_some common themes emerged. One could easily draw the conclusion that Myles Sanderson’s rampage was fuelled by drugs and alcohol. Add to that a toxic mixture of anger and resentment, and it made for prime conditions for…

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