Cash donations, checks, gift cards, food, disposable utensils, books, toys among items sought for the James Smith Cree Nation.

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The community grew in the wake of the James Smith Cree Nation tragedy as volunteers banded together to provide aid during a time of bereavement.

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Volunteers and two organizations, the Nêwo-Yôtina Friendship Center and The Collective YQR, in Regina, came together for a fundraiser that began last week and ends Tuesday.

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“We’re just trying to be here to support the community,” volunteer Kelsey Dumont said Friday.

“After the (Labour Day) long weekend tragedy, a few of us volunteers went to the James Smith Cree Nation simply to volunteer our time and services…Since then the leaders approved us to move forward with fundraising,” Dumont added.

They are looking for anything from paper plates, bowls, disposable cups and cutlery, monetary donations in the form of cash or checks (made out to the James Smith Cree Nation) and credit cards. gifts for community stores like Loblaws, Shell, Co-op and Husky. However, few physical donations were collected on Friday.

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“Also, we want to do something special for future leaders. Unfortunately, many children have lost family members, some have been traumatized throughout this event,” Dumont said, adding that donations of books, toys, art and beading supplies are also the welcome.

Dumont said monetary donations would go towards food costs, but any remaining money would also be used to reimburse family members for fuel costs to attend ceremonies in the community. An electronic transfer account has also been created for anyone wishing to donate funds to [email protected]

Photos of the 10 people killed in a stabbing attack on James Smith's Cree Nation and in Weldon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 4.
Photos of the 10 people killed in a stabbing attack on James Smith’s Cree Nation and in Weldon, Saskatchewan on Sunday, September 4.

James Smith Cree Nation was thrust into the national spotlight earlier this month after 10 people were killed and 18 injured in a stabbing attack on James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby village of Weldon on September 4.

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One of the men originally charged with carrying out the murders, Damien Sanderson, was found dead in James Smith’s Cree Nation the following day. Some First Nation people have since indicated that he was more likely a victim than an abuser. Her brother and co-defendant, Myles Sanderson, died shortly after being taken into police custody on September 7. The following day, charges were dropped against the two due to their deaths.

“As you can imagine there will be multiple funerals, services and revivals over the next few weeks and just a lot of family members who have been displaced from their homes, so the community really needed support to help find food,” Dumont said. .

Donations can also be dropped off at two locations in Regina: the Nêwo-Yôtina Friendship Center on the 1600 block of 11th Avenue in Regina and The Collective YQR on the 1100 block of Albert Street.

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Donations are being accepted through the end of the day Tuesday, Dumont said. The next day, goods and donations will be transported north to James Smith Cree Nation by Majestic Limousine and Charter Services at no charge, Dumont added.

For those unable to donate items or money but want to volunteer or service, Dumont urges them to contact the Warriors of Hope Community Support Team via direct message on Facebook or Instagram.

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