Additional investigations are coming into the dying of Kimberly Squirrel.
The frozen physique of the 34-year-old mom of six from Yellow Quill First Nation was discovered in a residential space of Saskatoon late final month. She had been launched from Pine Grove Correctional Centre in Prince Albert three days earlier than.
Her household is ready for post-mortem outcomes, however beforehand advised CBC it’s their understanding that she froze to dying.
In an emailed assertion Thursday, Saskatchewan Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Inform mentioned she and Justice Minister Gordon Wyant have requested a evaluation into the circumstances surrounding Squirrel’s launch from Pine Grove.
That evaluation might be accomplished along with investigations which might be being performed by the Saskatoon Police Service and the Saskatchewan Coroners Service, the Thursday assertion mentioned.
The girl’s household beforehand advised CBC Information they felt she would nonetheless be alive in the event that they had been advised she was going to be launched.
Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Corrections says “it’s as much as the person to resolve what stage of involvement their household could have of their launch.”
“They’ve completely no proper to be sharing her private info with the household, they’re caught between a rock and a tough place additionally,” mentioned Patti Tait, the appearing govt director on the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan.
Tait mentioned her group will usually encourage inmates to succeed in out to household and search assist, however the group hasn’t been allowed inside a provincial facility because the pandemic began.
What precisely occurred between Squirrel’s launch and when she died is just not clear, however her sister advised CBC Information when Squirrel was discovered on Jan. 23, she was sporting skinny garments.
Advocates for folks concerned within the justice and corrections system advised CBC Squirrel’s dying exposes gaps in Saskatchewan’s correctional system. Squirrel was on remand earlier than her launch, which means she was dealing with prices however had not been convicted.
“Ministry officers work diligently to make sure these people have entry to the helps and programming they could want,” Inform’s Thursday assertion mentioned.
“This will at instances be a problem, however we’re dedicated to working with our sector companions to handle these points and enhance the outcomes for many who come into contact with the justice system.”