The Humboldt Area is responding to the attacks at James Smith Cree Nation with both caution and compassion.
The Horizon School Division has entered a “hold and secure status” in which the schools' outer doors are locked, but classes continue inside.
The Division said in a media release that the protocol will remain in effect until the threat is resolved and that in addition to the physical safety measures, counselling will be provided by request to any students and staff.
“Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the communities of James Smith Cree Nation and the Village of Weldon. Horizon School Division flags will be lowered to half-mast for the next 10 days to honour each life lost,” stated the release from the Division.
Similar to the Division, the Humboldt Early Years Family Resource Centre (HEYFRC) will also be placed on hold and secure status.
“Programs will still proceed, and staff will be happy to let you into the programming space. All programs will be indoors, and doors will remain locked throughout the day,” said the HEYFRC.
The Bella Vista Inn is now collecting donations to take to the Bernice Sayese Center in Prince Albert, asking donors to drop off items such as paper plates, meat, potatoes, hand soap and bottled water by Wednesday, September 7.
Other agencies from Humboldt are thinking of those affected by the attacks at James Smith Cree Nation.
PARTNERS Family Services stated, “We’re holding space in our hearts and thoughts for the communities of James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, the countless first responders and medical staff who have been called to duty. So many across the province have been deeply touched by the events of September 4, 2022 and we encourage you to take care of yourselves and each other in the days and weeks ahead.”
Recently, Saskatchewan RCMP found one of the two suspects deceased, with the other suspect remaining at large.