Samson Cree Nation holds vigil to honour victims of violence, addictions, suicide – APTN News

Oct 31, 2022

Trena Soosay, a mother from Samson Cree Nation whose son was killed by gang violence, says she organized a vigil for people lost to violence, addictions, or suicide because there are a lot of people in her community hurting like she is.

“Why I did this event is because a lot of people are grieving right now, a lot of them,” she said. “For me, the biggest part was prayer.

“Prayer and acknowledgment of those we lost and those that are grieving.”

Samson Cree Nation has seen a rise in gang violence in the past year.

With 6,000 members living on reserve, it’s the largest of four communities that make up Maskwacis in Alberta. The others include Ermineskin, Montana and Louis Bull located a little more than an hour south of Edmonton.

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