SASKATOON—The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations has called for an inquiry into the actions of Saskatchewan Environment after an Elder's house was raided on the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation.
The FSIN has documented multiple complaints from First Nations regarding mistreatment by Saskatchewan Environment and Conservation Officers.
Elder Doug Morningchild and his wife were preparing for a ceremonial gathering and feast when several law enforcement vehicles surrounded their home. The Ministry of Environment Conservation Officer searched the box of Morningchild's truck parked in his yard while others looked through the windows of their home.
Morningchild stated that it looked like a major drug bust or something of that nature due to the number of vehicles present. Despite a formal letter from the FSIN to the Ministry on June 23, 2020, requesting an impartial inquiry into the events, an investigation did not occur.
The FSIN continues to record events of mistreatment of First Nations people when exercising Treaty rights and calls for action to address systemic racism within First Nations.