Councillor Statement: RCMP seeking community assistance

For Immediate Release

July 6, 2019

COUNCILLOR STATEMENT: RCMP SEEKING COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released by Councillor Kevin Seesequasis in cooperation with the RCMP:

I first off want to again extend my personal condolences and the sincere condolences of our Council to the family and friends of Jessica Cameron. I will always remember her as someone who always shared a smile. She will be missed.

I recognize this is a traumatic and heartbreaking time in our community.

I have been in close contact with the RCMP at all levels and they assure me they are working hard on this case. They have indicated to me that they are experiencing some difficulty with witnesses and their participation. In speaking with Sergeant Dan Donison of the RCMP Major Crimes Unit, he had this to say:

We recognize this is an tragic situation for the community – everyone I’ve spoken to had nothing but kind words to say about Miss. Cameron. I understand that trust is important in a situation like this, and that some people are worrisome of the RCMP. But this was a mom, a sister, someone’s daughter, and it is critical that we have as much information as possible to help us conclude our investigation.”

If you have any information that can be of assistance in the investigation, please come forward and contact the RCMP in Rosthern at 306-232-6400.”

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For more information, please contact:

Chief & Council Communications
306-467-4523
communications@beardysband.com

 

Statement from Council

For Immediate Release

July 6, 2019

STATEMENT FROM COUNCIL

Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, Treaty 6 – The following statement was released today regarding a fatality in our community:

“Council members and staff were first advised of an incident early this afternoon involving members of our community and the possibility of a fatality.

The RCMP were immediately contacted and members of Council – along with appropriate staff – prepared the necessary resources in our community including Mental Health supports, and Child and Family Services. The Fire Crew was also contacted to assist with directing traffic away from the scene.

It is important to note that in the initial stages of a situation like this, we are extremely limited on what information can be shared. After further communication with RCMP we were able to confirm that they had deployed the Major Crimes Unit, the Traffic Reconstruction Unit, and the Identification Unit, and that one individual was in custody.

At this time, with permission from the family, we are able to confirm the passing of Jessica Cameron. All members of Council join in expressing our sincere condolences to Patsy, Martin, and Jessica’s little ones, and to the countless friends and family who held her close to their heart.

It is a devastating day for our community – we will come together as a community to support our grieving relatives. Again, we extend our sincere condolences to all who loved and cherished Jessica.”

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** Please note that the family has requested that community members refrain from speculation and keep social media posts to a minimum. We would also like to express our gratitude to all of the staff and community members who assisted during this difficult situation.