PSE hold vigils, pause events in respect of the losses at James Smith Cree Nation, Weldon

September 21, 2022
Several institutions in Canada have issued statements in response to the losses in the communities of James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Saskatchewan. First Nations University held a smudging ceremony and vigils on its campuses, as well as a prayer gathering that was offered with the University of Regina, Luther College, and Campion College in Regina. Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies paused all programs and travel to give its community time to process and grieve together, and held a moment of silence. The University of Saskatchewan postponed several large gatherings and announced new safety measures for events, as well as creating an emergency fund for students who were affected by the violence. Out-of-province institutions such as Yukon University, Assiniboine Community College, and George Brown College also issued statements of support, shared how community members could reach Elders and counsellors on campus as needed, and encouraged the community to take care of one another. FNU | Regina Leader Post | USask | CTV News (USask) | SIIT | Yukon U | ACC | George Brown (National)