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Crown seeks adult sentence for girl charged in infant death PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Monday, 18 July 2016 12:25

 

 

The Crown will be seeking an adult sentence against a 16-year-old girl accused of killing a six-week-old baby.

The accused made a court appearance in Saskatoon Monday morning where the Crown announced its intention to seek an adult sentence.

The 16-year-old is charged with second degree murder after six-week-old Nikosis Jace Cantre was found injured in a home in the city on July 3rd. He later died in hospital.

The family of the boy has been calling for an adult sentence throughout the entire court process so far.

In addition to the murder charge, the girl is also charged with escaping lawful custody.

Last December, she was sentenced to open custody for break and enter, arson, assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and robbery with a weapon.

The defence has asked for a 30 day psychological evaluation of the girl, which will take place at Sask. Hospital.

She is due back in court on August 24th, 2016.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 12:39
 
Batoche monument bears names of Metis veterans from across Canada PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chelsea Laskowski   
Monday, 18 July 2016 11:35

The names of thousands of Metis Veterans are now etched into a memorial at Batoche.

The Metis Veterans Memorial was first unveiled in 2014, and this year they had the funds to engrave the names of more than 5,000 Metis men and women who have served in Canada's Armed Forces.

Metis National Council President Clement Chartier took a moment during the opening ceremonies of Back to Batoche to acknowledge those veterans.

"Our veterans played a great role in defending, not only our nation and leading our people, but also defending world peace," he said.

The monument itself states that Metis have a history of defending their own right to be free people, something that Chartier echoed in his speech.

This year marks the 200-year anniversary of the Victory of Frog Plain in Alberta.

"(It's) basically the victory of the Metis people standing up to the Hudson's Bay company and to the monopoly that they were trying to impose and the rigour they were trying to impose on the Metis and that was a significant step forward for the Metis Nation," he said.

When Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett was at Back to Batoche, she acknowledged the historic bravery of Metis people.

"We pay tribute to Metis veterans of two World Wars, the Korean War and the South African War. The spirit and bravery of their predecessors was just as evident as they overcame incredible difficulties to enlist and to serve," she said.

This weekend, Back to Batoche hosted a commemorative ceremony for the addition of the names to the Metis Veterans Memorial Monument.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale took part in the weekend ceremony.

He tweeted that he is proud to honour Metis Veterans, who he calls "nation builders."

Fundraising for this memorial space was led by the Gabriel Dumont Institute and included contributions from the Clarence Campeau Development Fund, Veteran Affairs Canada, provincial grants and other donations.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 11:42
 
RCMP investigating death on Big Island Lake Cree Nation PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Monday, 18 July 2016 09:43

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday in Saskatoon following the death of a 17-year-old girl on the Big Island Lake Cree Nation.

Spiritwood RCMP and emergency responders were called to a home in the community on Friday morning about someone in medical distress.

Attempts to save her failed and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have released no other details, but say the death is suspicious.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 11:26
 
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