The Prince Albert Police Service is saddened to learn of the passing of Elder Jacob Sanderson. The police service wishes to extend condolences to Elder Sanderson’s family, the Prince Albert Grand Council, and the community on the loss of a respected and caring community leader.
Elder Sanderson had worked with the Prince Albert Police Service since May 2019, offering guidance and traditional teachings to members and staff in support of our organization’s work toward reconciliation. Elder Sanderson was a respected mentor in the community and was often called upon to offer blessings and prayers at important community events, and provide support and guidance to families and community members.
A member of the James Smith Cree Nation, Elder Sanderson also acted as a spiritual guide with the PAGC, the Saskatchewan Penitentiary and other spiritual leaders around the world. Sheryl Kimbley, Chair of the Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners, said Elder Sanderson was a role model for members and staff at the police service and served with respect and understanding.
“Our community looked up to Elder Sanderson and valued his experience and knowledge,” Chair Kimbley said. “Having him work within our police organization meant local members and staff had the opportunity to learn from him as well and develop a better understanding of traditional teachings and beliefs, which in turn, informs their work in public safety.”
Prince Albert Police Chief Jonathan Bergen said elders play a significant role in the function of a police service, and Elder Sanderson’s guidance was an important part of the Prince Albert Police Service’s continued efforts to promote positive relationships within the wider community.
“Elder Sanderson was with us when our organization marked the grand opening of our police substation one year ago, and we were honoured to have him bless this new facility with honour and tradition,” Chief Bergen added. “Our members and staff have all benefitted from his knowledge and wisdom, and I trust that his work will continue to guide us in a meaningful way.”