Condolences to the families of Jake Sansom and Morris Cardinal

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Condolences to the families of Jake Sansom and Morris Cardinal from the Métis Nation of Alberta.

Like so many in our community, we were devastated to hear of the deaths of Jacob Sansom and Morris Cardinal last weekend. Jacob and his uncle Morris were loving, generous men and the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) mourns with the families they leave behind. Our deepest condolences to Jacob’s wife Sarah and their three children and to Morris’s three stepchildren and five grandchildren. Our hearts are with you all.

Jacob and Morris were hunting in the Glendon area to help provide food for family members after Jacob lost his job due to corona-virus layoffs. They were out on the land, doing what any Métis would do in a time of need. Both were MNA citizens and registered Métis Harvesters, exercising their inherent right and doing so responsibly and sustainably.

Yesterday, the RCMP charged one man with two counts of second-degree murder. He will be brought to justice for his horrific, senseless crime.

The MNA is in contact with Jacob and Morris’s families to provide immediate financial support during this unimaginably difficult time.

As a community, we all feel this loss. We mourn together and we will heal together.

If you are struggling or know someone who is, for any reason, please reach out to someone. Talk with family, friends or contact mental health supports in your community. You can find a list in Alberta at albertametis.com/covid-19-information/mental-health/

Jacob Sansom, 39, and his uncle Morris Cardinal, 57, smile in a recent photo.