When a call came in to inform Ivor Wayne Burns that police had found the body of one of the men who allegedly killed his sister, his reaction was muted. “Oh, really?” Ivor replied curiously, standing on the side of the road outside the James Smith Cree Nation boundary in front of a couple of journalists. “That’s interesting.” The Burns siblings were each involved in the health and wellness sector in the James Smith Cree Nation.
On Sunday, 11 people died and 19 more were injured after a series of stabbings that took place on the First Nation’s land and in the village of Weldon.
The Burns’ sister, Gloria, a 62-year-old addictions counsellor who worked for the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, was one of the dead.
Darryl was also an addictions counsellor until Monday, when he quit his job after his sister’s death, frustrated by the lack of social support and rampant drug and alcohol abuse on the reserve. Read more: Saskatchewan stabbing suspect was not considered a risk by parole board, report shows The RCMP had initially embarked on a multi-province manhunt to find two brothers — Damien and Myles Sanderson — in relation to the murders.