timberland mens boots ‘Black cloud’ hangs over city after two deaths
a black cloud hanging over the city of Timmins after the deaths of two people from Fort Albany First Nation over the weekend.
That according to Jonathon Solomon, Grand Chief of Mushkegowuk Council, who was speaking at an emergency summit on illegal drugs and alcohol Tuesday morning.
He did acknowledge the people he represents are what going to happen if they come in contact with police. There also a lot of anger and a lot of questions in regards to the whole situation. province Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is looking into both incidents.
In the first, 21 year old Joey Knapaysweet was struck after of the officers discharged a firearm during an incidente at Gillies Lake Saturday morning.
In the second, Agnes Sutherland died in hospital after spending time in police custody on Saturday. She was later arrested at a shelter and brought to a cell at the police station.
The Timmins Police Service has declined to provide additional details about the incident during the SIU investigation. Neither is the SIU, which will eventually release reports about the findings of both investigations.
A vigil was held at Gillies Lake Tuesday afternoon for Knapaysweet.
Peetabeck Health Services in Fort Albany is offering counselling, a sacred fire and a sweat lodge ceremony.
Glen Sutherland, Agnes Sutherland son, expects to use some of those services when he returns home.
Ceremonies are reason why we strong today. said the family is planning a funeral for the 62 year old woman in her home of Fort Albany. Glen Sutherland has requested an autopsy for his mom, and is also looking at hiring a lawyer.
Glen Sutherland spent some time with his mother before she died in hospital Sunday night.
could hardly look at us. She could barely open her eyes. She looked exhausted, pretty much. I had never seen my mom like that before, he said.
Glen Sutherland said his mother wanted to return to Fort Albany die. said he frustrated doctors allowed a unstable woman to make choices about her health without consulting family first. His mother reportedly denied dialysis treatments over the weekend.
was tired of being on the machine, he said.
Glen Sutherland said his mother was wheelchair bound and had been living in Timmins since her kidneys failed five years ago. He said his mother suffered from mental illness and undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder as a survivor of St. Anne residential school.
been trying to get her help by a psychiatrist, said Sutherland. was hoping to help her with her mental state, but they keep telling me, we can help her if she doesn want to help herself. said his mother frequent trips to the emergency room were a for help. said he doesn understand why doctors and police officers, who knew his mother by name, weren able to see the signs and get her help.