Neil Stonechild, a seventeen-year-old Indigenous boy was found frozen to death in the outskirts of Saskatoon in 1990. Stonechild was last seen in police custody the night of his disappearance and his body had marks on his wrist, which were likely made by handcuffs. The Saskatoon Police ignored reports from Stonechild’s family and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix for months and eventually years. A Commission was created to determine the cause and circumstances surrounding his death over a decade later. The survivor testimony of Darrell Night and the death of two other Indigenous men in similar circumstances in the early 2000’s heavily influenced the creation of the commission. The commission concluded that there were suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a “totally inadequate investigation” conducted by local policing bodies.
A suggested companion article to this report is Sherene Razack's "It Happened More than Once: Freezing Deaths in Saskatchewan."
The Honourable Mr. Justice David H. Wright. Report of the Commission of Inquiry Into Matters Relating to the Death of Neil Stonechild. Government of Saskatchewan. October 2004.