Friends, family of Metis hunters killed in Alberta hold weekend vigil

Family and friends of Jacob Sansom, 39, and Maurice Cardinal, 57, two Metis hunters killed near the end of March, attended a ceremony over the weekend to remember the two men.

Ruby Smith is Sansom’s mother and one of the 50 people in attendance, the maximum number of people who can assemble in Alberta because of COVID-19.

“We just wanted to honour them and have justice for Jake and Morris,” she said. “We want to make sure that justice is served, and it’s recognized that it’s a senseless tragedy and we are all hurting. We want to stand up for both boys.”

The two men were shot and killed after a hunt near the small town of Glendon, Alta., 214 km west of Edmonton after an altercation with three men.

Less than a week after the shooting, Anthony Bilodeau, 31, turned himself into the RCMP.

He is facing two charges of second degree murder.

Video Journalist / Edmonton

Chris Stewart has been in the media for 20 years. He has worked at CBC, Global and CTV as a news camera operator and editor. Chris joined APTN in 2012 in the Saskatoon Bureau and moved to APTN Edmonton bureau in 2015 as a Videojournalist.