Sagkeeng First Nation mourns loss of another member in custody

A Manitoba First Nation is “extremely concerned and saddened” after it says a second community member in less than a month died while in custody.

Sagkeeng First Nation Chief Derrick Henderson says the community will ensure the facts surrounding the death of Dwayne Louis Simard on March 1 are brought to light and justice is done.

“The frequency with which inmates of correctional institutions are coming to their deaths is alarming and intolerable,” Henderson wrote in a release Wednesday evening.

On Tuesday, Correctional Service Canada confirmed Simard’s death at Stony Mountain Institution.

Read more: Man arrested in weekend standoff dies at Stony Mountain Institution

Few details were provided besides to say the 37-year-old had been serving a sentence of two years and eight months for aggravated assault.

Story continues below advertisement

Simard had been arrested over the weekend following a standoff in the city’s West End.

Trending Stories

A spokesperson for Stony Mountain previously told Global News Simard was the subject of an arrest warrant after the conditions of his statutory release had been breached.

“The Sagkeeng First Nation will be following these matters closely and we shall provide further comment as more facts are discovered,” Chief Henderson wrote.

“Until then, our thoughts and our prayers are with the Simard and Ahmo families.”

William Walter Ahmo, 45, died in hospital on Feb.14, following what RCMP described as an “incident” with corrections officers at Headingley jail.

Mounties say Ahmo had been brought to hospital with life-threatening injuries on Feb. 7, but the nature of the incident has still not been revealed.

— With files from Elisha Dacey

Click to play video 'Lack of federal funding leaves Manitoba First Nations with new plants but no access to clean water' Lack of federal funding leaves Manitoba First Nations with new plants but no access to clean water
Lack of federal funding leaves Manitoba First Nations with new plants but no access to clean water

Football news:

Real Madrid and City in the semi-finals of the Champions League, Akhmat asks for money, 10 matches for racism to the player of Slavia, clothes for the Olympians and other news
Real Madrid put together a killing center - Modric-Casemiro-Kroos-for just 60 million euros. Even Luka Jovic was worth more
Zidane on 0:0 with Liverpool: We rode the storm and can be proud of our performance
2 Premier League clubs will play in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the 2nd time in 3 seasons
Zinedine Zidane: There are many masters at Real Madrid, but most of all I like the character of the guys
Emre Can: We played against probably the best team in the world. We can be proud of ourselves
Pep broke the curse of the Champions League: he took City to the semi-finals for the first time in five years. Only 4 players remained at the club from the last (and first) time for the club