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City of North Battleford mourns the Queen, James Smith victims

Moments of silence at Monday’s council meeting.
Half mast at City Hall
Flags have been flying at half mast at City Hall in memory of the James Smith rampage victims and now for Queen Elizabeth II.

NORTH BATTLEFORD - The city of North Battleford is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as those killed in the stabbing rampage at James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon.

Moments of silence were observed at the start of Monday’s North Battleford council meeting at Don Ross Centre, in memory of the Queen and in condolence of those murder victims and their families.

Regarding the passing of the Queen, the City issued this statement last week:

“The city of North Battleford adds its expression of condolences to the long list of people grieving the loss of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. A life well lived in service to citizens across the Commonwealth, we pay humble tribute to the Queen's dedicated reign of 70 years. Flags in the city of North Battleford follow royal protocol and are lowered to half-mast, where they will remain until sunset on the day of her Late Majesty’s funeral.”

Regarding the attacks on James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, the City issued the following statement on Sept. 5:

“On behalf of the city of North Battleford, Mayor David Gillan and city council wishes to express heartfelt sympathy and support for the victims, families, and community members of those impacted by the horrific acts of violence which transpired over the weekend.

“We would like to acknowledge the dedication, bravery, and service of all first responders and medical personnel in their response to this senseless situation. The city of North Battleford joins other communities in our province hoping for a peaceful and quick resolution to this devastating series of events.”