First Nation hosting traditional healing gathering to recover from stabbing rampage – EverythingGP

Aug 21, 2023

JAMES SMITH CREE NATION — A Saskatchewan First Nation that was the site of a mass stabbing last year is hosting a gathering of traditional healing.

James Smith Cree Nation Chief Wally Burns says up to 3,000 people from across North America are expected to be in the community north of Saskatoon this week to take part in spiritual and traditional healing practices.

Eleven people were killed and 17 were injured during a rampage in the First Nation and nearby village of Weldon last September.

Myles Sanderson, the 32-year-old killer, died in police custody a few days later.

Burns says many people in the community are still struggling with trauma and the event is meant to help with healing and provide support.

The four-day event is to begin with a grand entry and flag raising ceremony this morning.

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