On behalf of students, faculty, staff, alumni, executive, and Elders of the First Nations University of Canada, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the victims of the senseless acts of violence in James Smith Cree Nation and the town of Weldon, and their families, friends, and communities.
FNUniv stands with those who are hurting and in pain. We open our hearts in support and warmly embrace you with thoughts and prayers for hope and healing. What happened is unfathomable—a beautiful morning darkened by loss. Collectively, we feel the shock, so together, we will mourn, pray, and heal. Our hearts are broken, but our will and resolve to survive and move through this trauma, from the unspeakable, is unshaken. As Chief Wally Burns stated, “We need to stand strong for those who are in hospital and for the families.” In strength, empathy, and compassion, be kind and take care of each other during this very difficult time
The University has organized the following events to bring together the FNUniv community, so we can uplift the impacted families in prayer.
On September 6th starting at noon, the Northern Campus will have a smudging ceremony and lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend.
On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 7:00 pm, the Regina, Saskatoon, and Northern (PA) campuses will simultaneously host a candlelight and prayer vigil. We encourage everyone to attend. The Regina Campus vigil will take place on the front lawn of 1 First Nations Way. Parking is free and available in Lots 11 & 12. Once confirmed, we will share further details regarding the Saskatoon and Northern Campus locations.
On Friday, September 9, 2022, at 12:00 pm, at the FNUniv Regina Campus, First Nations University of Canada, University of Regina, Luther College, and Campion College will host a prayer gathering for all faiths. Everyone is welcome to attend and engage in collective prayer for James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon. The gathering will take place on the front lawn of 1 First Nations Way. Parking is free and available in Lot 12.
Because our sense of security may be in question, the University has also confirmed additional patrols and guards for each campus. In addition, out of respect for the tragic loss of lives, the flags are at half-mast at Regina Campus.
Please continue to be vigilant, be aware of your surroundings and keep your families safe.
Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann, Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, she/her
First Nations University of Canada