The Saskatoon Police Service is putting out a call for any videos that could aid in the investigation of a missing executive who worked at the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN).
They are asking the public for any surveillance video or dash-cam footage that might shed light on the disappearance of Dawn Walker, 48, and her son Vincent, 7.
Specifically, police are asking for any relevant surveillance of the Chief Whitecap Park area between 6:30 p.m. on July 22 and 9 a.m. on July 23.
Police have also released a photo of the red Ford F-150 belonging to Walker that was found at the park Monday morning. They urge anyone with information to come forward.
Last night, around 100 people attended the FSIN’s candlelight vigil for Walker, who is the organization’s executive operating officer, and her son.
FSIN Vice-Chief Heather Bear asked for a thorough investigation.
“Listen to the family, listen to our colleagues, her colleagues, we have more stories to tell, it’s just not about going fishing one day and going missing,” Bear said.
Walker herself is a well-known advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous people in Saskatoon.
Bear said Walker is a big part of the FSIN.
“And she isn’t immune from our women going missing each and every day. That just saddens me, how hard she works for the people,” Bear said. “And if anybody says why are we making so much attention on this, because it’s Dawn Walker, let me put the record straight.
“Dawn Walker fought each and every day for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, men and boys.”
Walker was last seen Friday night and was to leave Sunday as part of an FSIN delegation to see the Pope in Alberta. At a news conference Monday, FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron described Walker as a quarterback within the organization.
“With her communication skills, her personality, and her attitude, it was a daily thing to hear from her or to give her a call, so everyone knew something was wrong when we didn’t hear from her,” Cameron said.
The search is covering both banks of the South Saskatchewan River and the water itself, and involves local police, RCMP, and volunteers – as well as the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.
Walker has written four books and was a candidate in Saskatoon for the federal Liberal party in 2021. She also worked as an editor on APTN’s animated TV show By the Rapids.
The Mohawk-language series aired on APTN from 2008 to 2012 and was the first Indigenous animated television series in Canada.