10 People Are Dead; A Mother and Son Are Gone

Actions of Compassion Has a Way to Help the Saskatchewan Tragedy Survivors By Offering More Than “Thoughts and Prayers”

Join Us in Helping the Canadian Indigenous Community Heal

The Compassion team created a World Peace T-Shirt to remind the world to focus on peace over power. The T-shirt was designed with a tree emblem to promote peace and nature, paying homage to his Indigenous roots that respect and protect the environment.

Actions of Compassion hopes to grow the compassion kingdom global movement to bring peace to those driven by power and violence. We are choosing peace over power and invite you to join a global movement

All proceeds from T-Shirt sales will go towards creating a trauma and addictions healing centre for the James Smith Cree Nation.

You’re tired, frustrated and aching to go home before you have to work all over again. Then you hear about the latest devastating incident on your car radio that has taken more children’s lives.

Who Did We Lose?

A Mother and a Matriarch Dies a Hero With Her Son

Brian and Bonnie Burns, 48, always shared a laugh together after being married for 15 years. The couple had four children together, Dason, 13, Mason, 11, their youngest son, Grayson, and Gregory “Jonesy”, 28. Grayson died along with his mother on Sunday, September 4, 2022 from a vicious stabbing attack. At only 13 years old, Dason was stabbed in the neck but survived the attack after spending a night in the hospital.

“It’s all about relationships. It’s all about family. It’s all about laughter…joy…It’s all about humbleness,” Mark Arcand, Bonnie’s brother, shared this statement during a press conference with the Saskatoon Tribal Council.

Bonnie died as a hero, not a victim. She was raising six children at the time of the stabbing, acting as a foster mother for two children. She died protecting her three little boys right outside of her home.

She died as a true matriarch and hero, taking care of her home and her children.

The James Smith Cree Nation, 10 People Dead from an Indigenous Community with 3500 Members

Wesley Patterson, 78, of Weldon, was a beloved and gentle soul. Patterson’s neighbors described him as a “kind-hearted man”.

Lydia Gloria Burns, 61,  worked as an addictions counselor for 20 years for the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program. Her brother, Darryl said that she “devoted her life to helping people.” Gloria died taking a distress call as a first responder, staying true to her devotion to helping people.

Earl Burns, 66, was also killed. He was a bus driver and a veteran from the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He lived and died as a hero, “fighting till the death to protect his family”, his sister Deborah McLean, shared with local news.  

Lana Head, 49 worked as a security guard at Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert. Her two daughters, Sable, 31, and Sage, 30 are now left without a mother.

There is limited information about the other victims of the Saskatchewan stabbing. Their families are grieving the lives of Thomas Burns, 23, Carol Burns, 46, Christian Head, 54, and Robert Sanderson, 49.

The Shadowed Society - How Indigenous People Are Treated in Canada:

Indigenous communities in Canada experienced intergenerational trauma due to residential schools. The residential school system is a symbol of cultural genocide in Canada and a scar of intergenerational trauma. Indigenous people lost their identities and experienced trust issues, making it hard to form meaningful relationships. This led to increased isolation, which pushed many Indigenous people to drug and alcohol abuse.

Many Canadians are unaware of the effects of the residential school system and judge Indigenous people for their drug and alcohol use, only leading to further isolation and stigmatization. Darryl Burns, Gloria Burns’, 61, brother is treated like a criminal when he walks into a store. 

The James Smith Cree Nation needs help. They lost 10 people and 18 people are injured. The community survivors are left with fear and trauma. Ignoring or judging this community will only lead to more pain, death, and fear down the road for all us.

We Want to Help When Something Bad Happens to Us

It is natural for humans to feel sparked to action when something awful happens close to us. We feel more inclined to support when someone we know is hurt. We feel more connected to someone who looks like us. It is easy to turn a blind eye to the suffering of others, especially when we don’t share the same skin color.

Indigenous communities have been destroyed due to racism. Their voices are not as loud as majority groups. Keeping ignored voices silent keeps all us disconnected.

If we only act when something bad happens to us, then we are not building empathy. Empathy is about trying to understand and share the feelings of another person. We need to be willing to step into someone else’s shoes and see the world from their perspective – even if they’re different from us.

Ignoring Indigenous Deaths Keeps Us All Divided

We need to be more compassionate towards indigenous people and understand the struggles they go through. Ignoring Indigenous deaths only perpetuates the cycle of racism and discrimination, keeping us in divided groups. 

We’re Living in a Lonely World

We are living in a divided world. A new survey from the University of Saskatchewan showed that 40% of 1011 Canadians surveyed reduced contact with their loved ones over opposing values. Division and loneliness follow one another. Researchers from Harvard University surveyed 950 Americans in October 2020 and showed that 36% of all Americans feel really lonely.

So what can we do to feel less lonely?

Build Empathy and Compassion

Empathy and compassion decrease loneliness. Research from The University of California San Diego School of Medicine’s Center for Healthy Aging found that empathy and compassion were the most powerful antidotes to healing loneliness.

We are social animals that need each other to survive and loneliness kills. A study of 3.4 million people found that those who reported feeling lonely had a 26% increased risk of dying prematurely.

Empathy is our ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. Compassion is when we feel empathy for someone else and want to help. To build more empathy, we first must understand the experiences of others. To reconnect as a society and feel less lonely, we need to start empathizing with those who are different from us. One way to do this is by listening to their stories and help someone when they are hurting.  This will reunite us as humans and kill loneliness instead of killing each other.

Actions of Compassion & Shane Jeremy James Is Committed to Reuniting the World Through Empathy and Compassion

Shane Jeremy James, founder of Actions of Compassion is from Warman, Saskatchewan, and comes from Indigenous heritage. His family still lives in Warman, a region not far from James Smith Cree Nation. Shane grew up playing hockey on the reserves. He is single handedly breaking Indigenous stereotypes and the epitome of empathy by creating a brand dedicated to compassion and reuniting humanity.

Shane’s commitment to compassion can be seen in his Compassion Kingdom, where you can see him and his team show compassion to people all over North America. He’s been doing this for years and he is now helping his fellow Saskatchewan community.

Compassion and empathy creates community and loneliness does not exist in a community.

Join the Compassion Kingdom by Wearing a World Peace T-Shirt

Actions of Compassion created a World Peace T-Shirt to remind the world to focus on peace over power. He designed this T-shirt with a tree emblem to promote peace and nature, paying homage to his Indigenous roots that respect and protect the environment.

Actions of Compassion hopes to grow the compassion kingdom community to bring peace to those driven by power and violence. We are choosing peace over power and invite you join our community. 

  • Wear this shirt to show that you value empathy and compassion to heal loneliness and division.
  • Wear this shirt to join a community built on compassion 
  • Wear this shirt to help spread peace and end violence.
  • Wear this shirt to help create a healing centre for Saskatchewan

 

Support the Creation of a Healing Centre by Wearing a World Peace T-Shirt

Chief Robert Head of Peter Chapman First Nation, one of the bands that make up James Smith Cree Nation is asking for donations to create a healing centre. This healing centre will address long-term trauma and provide spiritual support to young people from Indigenous elders. By providing counselling and support, the healing centre will help break the cycle of abuse. The federal government hasn’t offered any funding for a healing or detox centre, so the community needs the public’s help. We need to focus on helping the remaining family members. Saskatchewan is a grieving and traumatized province.

Buy a T-Shirt today to end the violence caused by drugs and alcohol

Join us in uniting the world, one shirt at a time.

All proceeds from T-Shirt sales will go towards creating a trauma and addictions healing centre. 

“The battle we’re fighting here is not with each other. … The battle we’re fighting here is with alcoholism and drug use.”, Darryl Burns