Deadly Stabbing in Canada

September 6, 2022
A photo of a dark sunset

It hurts, it hurts.

Ivor Wayne Burns, a man who lives in the James Smith Cree Indigenous reserve in Canada. His 61-year-old sister was killed in stabbing attacks which occurred on Sunday in the reserve and a nearby town.
  • Who: 10 people were killed and 18 others were injured in stabbings which occurred on Sunday in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
  • What: Police found one suspect dead on Monday, with injuries that they noted did not appear to be self-inflicted. The remaining suspect — the brother of the suspect who was found on Monday — is still at large.
  • Where: The stabbings took place in the James Smith Cree Nation — an Indigenous community — and a town called Weldon. The stabbings occurred across 13 different locations, with most occurring in the Indigenous community.
  • When: The police first received a call about the stabbings at 5:40 am on Sunday morning. The New York Times reports that the "rampage" was over "hours later."
  • Why/How: Although a motive has not yet been determined, Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said: “This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities," suggesting the attacks could be related to drugs.

Currently: As the search for the second suspect continues into its third day, police have issued alerts across several provinces in Canada, and have alerted U.S. border officials.

Big Picture: This attack is "among the deadliest mass killings in Canada, where such crimes are less common than in the United States," The Associated Press reports, continuing: "The deadliest gun rampage in Canadian history happened in 2020, when a man disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires across the province of Nova Scotia, killing 22 people. In 2019, a man used a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto."

In Canada's Bucolic Prairie Region, a Mass Stabbing Shocks the Country (The New York Times)

Canada police hunt remaining suspect in stabbing attacks (The Associated Press)

Second suspect in Saskatchewan mass stabbing is still at large after his brother was found dead (CNN)

Excerpt from The Associated Press on one of the victims:

Weldon residents have identified one of the dead as Wes Petterson, a retired widower who made [his] coffee every morning at the senior center. He loved gardening, picking berries, canning, and making jam and cakes, recalled William Works, 47, and his mother, Sharon Works, 64.

“He would give you the shirt off his back if he could,” William Works said, describing his neighbor as a “gentle old fellow” and “community first."

Sharon Works was baffled: “I don’t understand why they would target someone like him anyway, because he was just a poor, helpless little man, 100 pounds soaking wet. And he could hardly breathe because he had asthma and emphysema and everybody cared about him because that’s the way he was. He cared about everybody else. And they cared about him.”

by Jenna Lee,