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Piapot First Nation mourns local women killed in highway crash

REGINA – Two local women killed in a devastating crash along Highway 6 are being remembered for their contributions to Saskatchewan’s First Nations community.

Michele Sereda, Lacy Morin-Desjarlais, Michael Green and Narcisse Blood were travelling together in one vehicle and were all killed in the collision Tuesday.

The group was headed to Piapot First Nation to begin a new project at the community’s school.

Nicole Crowe is a teacher at Payepot School and said she grew concerned when the group were late for a scheduled meeting.

“I kind of heard there was an accident, and then I waited until 11:30 a.m., and then they didn’t show up.”

Sereda was actively involved at the school for over a decade and spearheaded a theatre program for students.

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Crowe said she feels lost without her good friend and colleague.

“She has this way about her, this energy,” she said. “When you’re around her you feel good, you want to be around her.”

Chief Ira Lavallee described Sereda as an adoptive family member in their community.

“She opened that door, that it is ok to talk about our ceremonies, our own creation stories, our own unique cultural diversity,” he added.

In wake of the accident, administration chose to close the school on Wednesday.

Grief councilors were brought in for both students and staff on Thursday and  they remain readily available for support moving forward.

There were other shows of support in Saskatchewan for all five victims of the crash, including the lowering of flags to half mast at the University of Regina.

An online fundraising page also exceeded its $5,000 goal to help support a memorial.

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