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Murder and Abduction Suspect Gives Up Peacefully in Sturgeon Landing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Friday, 20 February 2015 07:40

Time and patience paid off.  After a 12-hour standoff in the small community of Sturgeon Landing, a man wanted for murder and abduction surrendered to RCMP.  Forty-three-year-old Jonas Budd is now behind bars facing numerous charges.

This drama began to unfold at about 3:00 Wednesday morning on the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.  A 17-year-old male, Dustin Bird, was shot to death -- and his girlfriend, who is Budd's stepdaughter, was abducted.

She was found later that day by RCMP from Cranberry Portage, near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.  Budd had run off into the bush.  He was considered armed and dangerous.  He eventually made his way to his brother's home in Sturgeon Landing. RCMP set up a perimeter and began negotiations.  Sgt. Craig Cleary told The Canadian Press a lot of officers from both Manitoba and Saskatchewan were involved.

"There were in excess of probably 40 members there and then we had multiple units also attending," he said.

At about 10:30 last night, it was all over.  Budd's sister, Joyce, is thankful for the way it ended.  She had feared her brother would not come out alive.

"Oh, it's a big relief.  We are going back to the community to deal with our brother Glenn to make sure his health is OK," she said.

Joyce Budd was also thankful for the way the RCMP handled the situation.  Initially, she was frustrated and feared the incident would end with her brother's death, but she says that changed as time wore on.

"They were answering our calls and they were answering our questions.  They were not totally leaving us in the dark anymore because they knew we had a lot of support in the community," she said.

There is a strange irony in this tragedy.  The home RCMP surrounded in Sturgeon Landing was the scene of a similar standoff in the early 1990's.  Joyce Budd's father, Pierre, was inside. He died from what was ruled a self-inflicted gunshot.  Joyce Budd says the family has been through a lot over the years.

"This happened to my dad years ago.  We were just kids. We did not know what we were doing or how to get help or any kind of support.  That traumatized us and left us wondering what happened and we never got those answers."

Jonas Budd will be in a La Ronge court Monday morning to face seven charges including first-degree murder, uttering threats and kidnapping with a weapon.  His sister is glad he is safe and at least the whole story of what happened and why will be told.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 14:09
FSIN Hosts Roundtable On Missing And Murdered Aboriginal Women In Saskatoon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Thursday, 19 February 2015 16:34

About 130 people attended a Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations roundtable on missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Saskatoon Thursday afternoon.

Violence against Indigenous women is an ongoing problem in Saskatchewan and the FSIN is looking for grassroots solutions through public feedback.

FSIN Interim Chief Kimberley Jonathan says they are seeking input from all stakeholders – both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.

“Happy to accomplish that we all come together and everybody’s voice is heard,” she says. “I keep saying this is not just an Indigenous problem, it’s a society problem and we need to all address it together with love – not with anger, not with blaming, not with anything negative. Just love and understanding to go forward.”

At the same time, Jonathan says the roundtable is just one step in a process to find solutions to the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and the ultimate goal remains to continue to pressure the federal government to call a national inquiry.

“With this inquiry, it will draw out all of those details, all of those concerns of what really is going on, so that we can fix them together. And that it would put the information, the statistics down on paper so they can’t be ignored.”

The FSIN has also drafted a survey in order to solicit as much feedback as possible from the widest group of people on the issue of violence against Indigenous women.

The roundtable was held at the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre.

Similar roundtables will also be held at the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina later this month and the Assembly of First Nations will be hosting its own roundtable on missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Ottawa on Feb. 27.

Jonathan says both herself and Okanese First Nation Chief Mary-Anne Daywalker-Pelletier have been allotted two of Saskatchewan’s 10 seats at the AFN roundtable.

Carol Wolfe, mother of Karina Wolfe of Saskatoon who has been missing since July 2010, has been invited directly by the AFN to attend.

RCMP Close In on Northern Saskatchewan Murder and Abduction Suspect PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:42

A tense drama is unfolding in the small northeastern Saskatchewan community of Sturgeon Landing.

A local outfitter says no one is being allowed in or out of the community as RCMP attempt to convince a man wanted for a murder and an abduction in the La Ronge area to give himself up.

Forty-three-year-old Jonas Budd has now been located at his brother's home in the community of Sturgeon Landing, about 450 kilometers east of La Ronge.

A perimeter has been set up around the home and police have made contact with him -- but at last report, he had still not surrendered.

His sister, Joyce Budd, has a message for her brother.

"I want to say to my brother: 'I love you, I love you more than life itself.' I want to tell him: "Please come out'," she sobbed.

Joyce Budd and four other family members are at the junction of a highway about 28 kilometres from Sturgeon Landing. She says the RCMP will not let them get any closer.

Her hope is for a peaceful end. She says there has been enough bloodshed and suffering.

"That is all we want is for him to come out alive. We don't need to lose him. There is no need to have another dead person involved in this incident," she said.

Joyce Budd says the standoff at the home has been underway since about 1:00 am today.

RCMP say local residents can expect to see a "larger than normal police presence" in the northern community, with several RCMP units from Manitoba and Saskatchewan on the scene.

The RCMP has taken over the local health centre in Sturgeon Landing to set up a command post. They say they usually do this in any emergency situation.

Jonas Budd is considered armed and dangerous. He is accused of shooting a 17 year old male to death on the Lac La Ronge Indian Band early yesterday morning, then forcibly abducting his 17-year-old stepdaughter, Kayla Natomagan. An Amber Alert was issued for the girl, but she was later located safe by RCMP members from Cranberry Portage, Manitoba.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 16:57
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