Grace Lafond-Barr’s son, brother, and half brother were all murdered in a 12-year span. Her son, Jaron Tyler Jahnke, was shot in the stomach in Saskatoon in a case of mistaken identity. Indigenous people are seven times more likely than non-aboriginal people to be a victim of homicide.
Indigenous men are more likely to be murdered than anyone else in Canada – possibly more than 2,000 in a 30-year period.
Grace Lafond-Barr believes healing starts in the home, so she moved her family to Muskeg Lake Cree Nation from Saskatoon two years ago to escape the city where murder took away her two brothers and a son.
She hopes the distance between the city and her grandkids will mean a quieter life without the spectre of violence and vice following them as they grow into young men. Lafond-Barr has seen enough of that: in…
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