JAMES SMITH CREE NATION- Saskatchewan RCMP Sgt. Cliff Joanis knows the children of James Smith Cree Nation well. The First Nation northeast of Saskatoon is a hockey community and he’d cross paths with kids from there during tournaments where his own children were playing. His daughter was even coached by a member. Joanis wanted to help when, in September, 11 people were killed and 18 were injured in a mass stabbing at James Smith and nearby village of Weldon. So he organized a donation drive for hockey equipment to give to young people in the community. “From Cliff’s perspective, he wanted to do something in almost a humanitarian way,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Kelly, with the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Indigenous Policing Unit. Kelly and Joanis are also members of the Lac
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