Found on August 5 in Oregon after two weeks of disappearance, the mother was arrested and then detained in the United States before being entrusted to the Royal Mounted Police of Canada to British Columbia, and finally to the Saskatoon Police Service. (archives)
An Indigenous woman who faked her death and that of her son appeared in Saskatoon Provincial Court on Monday. Missing for nearly two weeks with her child at the end of July, she faces charges of kidnapping and public mischief.
According to the Police Department of Saskatoon, the mother could face additional charges depending on details of her disappearance revealed at the hearing.
Lawyer Marie Henein, known in particular for having defended Michael Bryant, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and Jian Ghomeshi, will represent her in Canada.
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations of Saskatchewan (FSIN) was asked about its involvement in covering court costs. Vice-chief Heather Bear replied that she would if she had the funds, but that a crowdfunding campaign had been launched with the goal of raising $60,000. Monday morning, nearly 30 $000 had been raised as a result.
The FSIN did not comment, other than to request the release of the mother.
In the United States, the 48-year-old woman is also the target of allegations of using false documents to cross the American border.
Found on August 5 in Oregon after two weeks of disappearance, the mother was arrested and then detained in the United States before being entrusted to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia, and finally to the Service of Saskatoon Police.