The United Church of Canada announced that the Samson United Church on Maskwacis First Nation was burned on June 19.
The church reportedly suffered interior damage and water damage. It's not yet known if the building is salvageable.
Rev. Murray Pruden, the United Church of Canada's executive minister for Indigenous Ministries and Justice, announced the Samson blaze as one of two recent fires on social media:
I am devastated by the news from South Indian Lake, Manitoba of the fire at Angus Bonner Memorial United Church. And of similar news at Samson United Church in Maskwacis First Nation, Alberta. My prayers go to our membership and the many others these circumstances affect.
We are currently looking into the fires of these two Communities of Faith. Our office will continue to support them and the larger communities, to share information with the United Church as we receive updates.
Speaking with Broadview, Pruden stated that the rash of fires have put people “on edge”:
“My weekends have been monitoring my emails and phone calls because we’re getting messages of threats from within these communities.”
Samson Cree Nation is one of the Four Nations of Maskwacis.
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