Youth charged with arson after fire at abandoned church on Kehewin Cree Nation

A youth was arrested by Bonnyville RCMP and charged with arson in connection with a fire that was deliberately set at an Alberta church.

At 9:45 p.m. on July 9, RCMP and Kehewin and Bonnyville fire services responded to a report of a fire at Our Lady of Mercy, an abandoned church on the Kehewin Cree Nation.

“The building was slated to be demolished as it had been vacant for many years,” RCMP said in a news release.

No one was injured in the fire.

The youth has been released from custody and is set to appear in court on Sept. 21.

Story continues below advertisement

In accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the youth’s name is not being released.

Kehewin Cree Nation is located about 230 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, near Frog Lake.

A number of churches on First Nations across the country have been burned in arson incidents recently following the grim discovery of unmarked graves on the sites of two former residential schools in B.C. and Saskatchewan.

RCMP is also investigating fires at the Siksika Catholic Church and Siksika Anglican Church from late June.

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

View original article here Source