Knife attacks: Decision to release Myles Sanderson will be reviewed

Knife attacks: the decision to release Myles Sanderson will be reviewed

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino intends to review the parole process.

The Parole Board of Canada will review its decision to release Myles Sanderson, suspected of being one of the perpetrators of the knife attacks in Saskatchewan, announced Marco Mendicino, federal Minister of Public Safety, Tuesday evening.

I have been assured that the Parole Board of Canada will undertake an investigation into this decision, Mr. Mendicino told reporters in Vancouver. I think the review process starts there, but it certainly doesn't end there.

The commission ruled in February that it did not consider Sanderson to pose an undue risk to society in his decision to maintain his release.

Myles Sanderson was originally released from the healing lodge where he was incarcerated in August 2021, but that release was suspended in November after it was determined that he had violated the conditions of his release.

In February 2022, the board ruled that Sanderson's original release should stand.

Myles Sanderson has been convicted 59 times in the past 20 years, charged with assault, assault with a weapon, assault on a police officer and theft, including .

Still on the loose, the authorities are hard at work to find him. His brother and accomplice in the stabbing, Damien Sanderson, was pronounced dead by the RCMP.

Information identifying Myles Sanderson, one of two suspects in a series of stabbings in the James Smith Cree Nation on September 4, 2022.

Minister Mendicino also indicated that Ottawa would push for a fuller review of the events leading up to Myles Sanderson's release and his role in the weekend shooting.

“The policy and resources will be reviewed at the appropriate time and place and we need to buy into that review, we need to be transparent with Canadians to make sure this kind of thing never happens again.” »

— Marco Mendicino, Federal Minister of Public Security

Earlier Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to provide all necessary resources to Saskatchewan police and the James Smith Cree community during the ongoing search for Mr. Sanderson.

M. Trudeau said his priority at this time is to help authorities conduct the search for Sanderson.

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu has confirmed that x27;A range of services will be made available to the community following the tragedy. Indigenous Services Canada said these needs were among those identified by Chief Wally Burns.

These services include mental health counseling, funeral expenses and transportation medical care for victims, as well as shelter, food and basic needs for displaced people.

There will be many, many conversations about next steps and how to proceed. #x27;move forward and, yes, the federal government will be there for that, Mr. Trudeau said.

With information from Nick Boisvert, from CBC

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