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RCMP cars in front of the Kerry Vickar Center in Melfort for the coroner's inquest into the stabbings that occurred on September 4, 2022 in the James Smith Cree First Nation and the village of Weldon, Saskatchewan.

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are expected to explain on Tuesday how stabbing attacks took place in a First Nation in Saskatchewan, on the second day of April. coroner's inquest.

RCMP Major Crimes Unit Staff Sergeant Robin Zentner testified Monday that Myles Sanderson and his brother, Damien Sanderson had wreaked havoc on the James Smith Cree Nation in the days and hours preceding the killing.

Text messages from Damien Sanderson were also shown in which he told his wife he was ready to die.

Myles Sanderson killed 11 people and injured 17 others in the James Smith Cree Nation and the neighboring village of Weldon on September 4, 2022.

Mr. Sanderson, 32, died in police custody days later.

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Mr. Zentner's testimony will continue Tuesday with the RCMP timeline on the unfolding of the murders.

RCMP say Damien Sanderson was the first to be killed by his brother.

The investigation, which is taking place in Melfort, northeast of Saskatoon, aims to clarify the events leading up to the murders, who died, and determine when and where each person was killed.

A second inquest into the death of Myles Sanderson is planned for February.

According to what was disclosed at the coroner's inquest, Myles Sanderson had gone to the First Nation to sell drugs a few days earlier.

He had argued with the mother of his children and Damien Sanderson had tried to calm him down.

The x27;investigation revealed the brothers were driving around the community, getting into fights and selling drugs.

As the brothers spent more time together, the text messages Damien Sanderson sent to his wife became more fatalistic.

Mr. Zentner said Monday that no one had provided a full explanation of the tone of Damien Sanderson's messages.RCMP have warned that with the death of Myles Sanderson, people may never get all the answers about what happened.

First Nations leaders said the investigation could provide answers to help families grieve.

A six-person jury was selected Monday morning and Keith Brown, the lawyer representing the First Nation in the inquests, said it was important that half were visibly Indigenous.

Mr. Brown said the community is awaiting the jury's recommendations to consider changes to corrections and the parole board.

First Nations and Indigenous groups are truly not treated as equal partners in the justice system, he argued.

Indigenous leaders are also calling for First Nations receive notification when a member is released from prison.

Myles Sanderson, who had a history of violent assaults, had been paroled early in 2022, but was unlawfully at large at the time of the murders.

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