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January 31, 2024
Families sighed with relief as the coroner’s inquest into the 11 people that died on James Smith Cree Nation and in Weldon in 2022 came to a close Wednesday evening.
“This inquest brought us together to seek truth and share truth together and I think that at the end of the day, there is comfort in this inquest and the recommendations that are going to be implemented,” said Chelsea Stonestand, who stood for her late relatives in the two-and-a-half-week inquest.
The process highlighted the path of Myles Sanderson’s stabbing rampage throughout the communities, detailing each attack, as well as the killer’s personal and criminal history.
A jury and coroner sat in on the proceedings, tasked with making recommendations to prevent a future tragedy from happening and address gaps in systems that Sanderson might have fallen through.
“I felt blown away by all the considerations that was put into it. It’s not perfect recommendations, but it’s practical,” Stonestand said.
With 29 recommendations total between the jury and the coroner, Chief Coroner Clive Weighill said it’s the most he has ever seen from an inquest in Saskatchewan.