Archive for June, 2020

UPDATE ON JAKE AND MORRIS CASE

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On June 16, 2020 a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton denied Bail to the person charged with the murder of Jake and Morris.

Since then, the father of the accused person was also charged with second-degree murder and both accused murderers appeared in St. Paul Provincial Court on June 18, 2020.

The lawyers for the father has scheduled a bail hearing date for the bail application to be heard on July 29, 2020 at Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench starting at 10 AM.

In the meantime, both accused will be back at St. Paul Provincial Court on July 16 for the parties to advise the Court what arrangements may be being made in proceeding with the case.

Bail Request Denied to Man Charged with Murder of Jake Sansom and Morris Cardinal

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Many gathered in front of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta today in support of justice and the families of Jake Sansom and Morris Cardinal.

Calls of “no justice, no peace” and “stop the violence, stop the hate” echoed off the walls of the courthouse as the crowd awaited the decision. Those close to Jake and Morris shared fond memories of the two kind and generous men.

After a six hour wait, the decision was announced; bail was denied to the first man charged with their murder.

Jake and Morris’s families are relieved at the decision. Relieved that their children will feel safe tonight with the accused still behind bars.

On June 12, RCMP arrested a second man, Roger Bilodeau, 56, in connection to this tragic case. As with his son, Roger Bilodeau has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder. Father and son are scheduled to appear in a St. Paul court Thursday, June 18th.

The MNA continues to support the Sansom and Cardinal families and stands with them as they seek justice for this inexcusable act of violence. Métis citizens must always feel safe to exercise their rights and uphold our traditional ways of life.

The Sansom and Cardinal families are asking those that can, to come help them push for justice at Thursday’s hearing in St. Paul.

If you wish to show your support by attending, a group will meet on Thursday, June 18 at 8:00am at the St. Paul courthouse, 4704 – 50 St., St. Paul, AB.

Bail Hearing Date Scheduled for killer of Morris Cardinal and Jake Sansom

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On June 16th, the man charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Jake Sansom and Morris Cardinal will appear in an Edmonton courtroom for a bail hearing.

Jake and Morris were Métis men and citizens of the Métis Nation of Alberta. They were tragically killed by gunshot after a hunting trip near Glendon on March 28th.

The Provincial Office is following this situation closely as the MNA is deeply troubled and concerned with reports of so many incidents with strong overtones of racism in various areas of Alberta. We want justice to be served for these two kind and generous men and their families.

Our communities must feel safe as we work to uphold our traditional ways of life, including harvesting. The MNA maintains a strong stand against violence and racism in all its ugly forms.

For anyone wishing to attend this hearing and offer support to the Sansom and Cardinal families, a group will meet on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta at 1 Winston Churchill Square.