“I still can’t believe it”: Homicide on Sask. The First Nation leaves the community in shock
Key First Nation, Sask. –
A First Nation in Saskatchewan gathered for dinner on Tuesday to mourn the loss of one of their members who was the victim of a homicide early Sunday morning.
The 51-year-old died at a home in Key First Nation, Saskatchewan.
“I still can’t believe it.”
“He still doesn’t get it,” Key First Nation Chief Clinton Key said.
Chief Key was a cousin of the victim. He said death impacts everyone in the community.
Band member Jordana Ernst said support was essential during a tragedy, as she helped prepare a meal.
“I think it’s really important to have a safe space for our whole community to feel comfortable,” Ernst said.
“It is an intense and serious situation that we are going through at the moment.”
Key First Nation partnered with the Yorkton Tribal Council to provide post-homicide mental health support teams.
“The community is in a vulnerable state and they have so many questions [about] why this tragedy happened,” said Key First Nation Health Director Teisha Papequash.
The team performs weekly checks during the healing process.
“We need to be together,” Chief Key said.
“Our way to heal is laughter and I hear a lot of laughter.”
He said the killer was still at large and urged anyone with information to report him to the police.
Key First Nation is approximately 280 kilometers northeast of Regina.