Supporters rallied for Dawn Walker on Sunday amid ‘mixed reactions;’ police announce charges

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Supporters rallied for Dawn Walker on Sunday amid ‘mixed reactions;’ police announce charges

Supporters of Dawn Walker gathered in Kiwanis Park Sunday evening, days after she and her son were located safe in Oregon. A participant holds a sign in support of Dawn Walker at the Vimy Memorial Bandshell in Saskatoon on Aug. 7, 2022. Photo by Heywood Yu /Saskatoon StarPhoenix About 30 supporters gathered Sunday evening in Saskatoon’s Kiwanis Memorial Park to share a message: they stand with Dawn Walker, a prominent Saskatchewan author who was located in the United States with her seven-year-old son after a two-week search. Advertisement 2 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Saskatoon city police issued a news release on Monday with an update. It said Walker, 48, faces two Canadian criminal charges: public mischief and abduction in contravention of a custody order. Additional Canadian charges are being considered as the criminal investigation progresses, the release added. The release said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has also laid charges against her. One of them — making false statements in the use of a passport — is a felony charge. The other, possession of an identification document knowing it was stolen or produced without lawful authority, is a misdemeanor. Walker remains in custody in the U.S. and was expected to make a court appearance there on Monday. Meanwhile, Saskatoon police are consulting with the Crown to arrange for her future extradition to Canada, the release said. Her son was reunited with a legal guardian in the U.S. on Friday and returned to Canada on Sunday, it added. Walker her son, Vincent Jansen, were found safe in Oregon City, Ore. on Friday. A police news release issued that day alleged they had “illegally” crossed the border and investigators tracked them to Oregon City. Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte of Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik (Women Walking Together) said the group gathered Sunday to share ideas for supportive action amid “mixed reactions,” a “ranging of emotions” and theories spreading about the circumstances of Walker and her son’s disappearance. Advertisement 3 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. “The main thing is that Dawn and her son are safe and that we’re not in another situation where we’re dealing with the loss of life. We’re so grateful and so thankful for all of that hard work,” Okemaysim-Sicotte said. In the days since mother and son were located, the Idle No More movement has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for a legal defence fund for Walker. As of Monday morning, it had raised more than $13,000. “Many Indigenous women feel helpless within the current justice system and this is when they need strong support,” Okemaysim-Sicotte said, asking people to consider contributing to the campaign. Walker is the executive operating officer of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations. FSIN Vice-Chief Heather Bear previously said Walker has experienced domestic violence, and city police confirmed they had received historical reports of domestic violence allegations. Okemaysim-Sicotte shared messages of support intended for Walker, in case she was able to hear them. Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte speaks during a gathering in support of Dawn Walker at the Vimy Memorial Bandshell in Saskatoon, Sask. on Sunday, August 7, 2022. Photo by Heywood Yu /Saskatoon StarPhoenix Walker and her son were last seen in Saskatoon on July 22 and reported missing on July 24. Her red Ford F-150 truck and other belongings were found in Chief Whitecap Park, near the South Saskatchewan River, which became the focus of search efforts. Later on, police said they were reviewing her telephone and banking records. Walker is the author of four novels, including “The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour,” which has been shortlisted for the 2022 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, a Canadian prize for literary humour. The novel was published last fall under the name Dawn Dumont. Advertisement 4 This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. She had worked as a columnist for both Eagle Feather News and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, and in the last federal election ran in the Saskatoon-University riding as Dawn Dumont Walker. Writer and rally emcee Andréa Ledding said people who know Walker are relieved she and her son are alive, but concerned about the “root causes” and the entire situation. “It’s systemic,” she said. Ledding added that Walker had asked for help, but there are many systems that work against women and children, particularly against Indigenous women and children. “When we see this case of Dawn, we also see all the women who went missing and were never found, all the women who were murdered, all the women who’ve been forgotten and all the children who have suffered, so it’s more than just Dawn and Vinnie,” she said. Participants, including Andréa Ledding (R), gather Dawn Walker at the Vimy Memorial Bandshell in Saskatoon on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. Photo by Heywood Yu /Saskatoon StarPhoenix A rally participant holds a sign in support of Dawn Walker at the Vimy Memorial Bandshell in Saskatoon on Aug. 7, 2022. Photo by Heywood Yu /Saskatoon StarPhoenix Dawn Dumont Walker (top right) and her son were found safely in Oregon on Aug. 5, two weeks after they were last seen in Saskatoon. During that time, a walk was held in support of the search (left) and people who knew her raised concerns, including Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron and Treaty Commissioner Mary Culbertson. TOP RIGHT: Supplied pic Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix tjames@postmedia.com More On This Topic A timeline of the disappearance, search and finding of Saskatoon mother and son Dawn Walker, Vincent Jansen located in United States after crossing border: Saskatoon police The news seems to be flying at us faster all the time. From COVID-19 updates to politics and crime and everything in between, it can be hard to keep up. With that in mind, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has created an Afternoon Headlines newsletter that can be delivered daily to your inbox to help make sure you are up to date with the most vital news of the day. Click here to subscribe. 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