“We are considering a system of governance with our own police,” already indicated the Chief of the Cree Nation, Wally Burns, during the ceremonies marking the first anniversary of the tragedy.
Since the September 2022 shootings, the James Smith Cree Nation has created its own security team. Its members, without being police officers, can patrol the community and offer help when necessary.
They offer us local knowledge […] ] They help us in many ways, Mr. Case emphasized during his testimony.
Although this security team sometimes makes it possible to avoid having to resort to police services, particularly for minor incidents such as a car breaking down on the side of the road. the road, its members are unarmed and do not have the legal authority to respond to crimes or violent incidents.
Ryan Case recalled that the James Smith Cree Nation potentially wishes to have its own police service. He admitted, however, that such a question was beyond his authority. However, discussions are underway for one or two RCMP officers to be based in the First Nation.
In the afternoon, the jury and members of the audience will hear the testimony of the first police officers who intervened in the James Smith Cree Nation on the day of the tragedy.
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The coroner's inquest is being held at the Kerry Vickar Centre, in Melfort.
Over the past few days, the staff sergeant of the Major Crimes Unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Robin Zentner, presented to the jurors and the audience the chronology of events as well as the conclusions of the investigation led by the RCMP.
Having started Monday, the coroner's inquest, which is taking place in Melfort, approximately 40 km of the two communities affected by the killings, aims to shed light on the deaths of the different victims, in particular the manner, when and where they were killed. It also aims to make recommendations to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
A second investigation into the death of Myles Sanderson is scheduled for February.
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