A court document in the case of Dawn Walker, a Saskatoon woman accused of abducting her child, clarified that media can now use her name again.
The paper was signed off by Walker’s counsel, the prosecution’s office, and a provincial court judge.
It explained that no other information could be published that could identify the victims in the case.
Global News reached out to Walker and received a statement.
“Through the course of my life and career, I have prided myself on being an activist and strong voice for Indigenous people, in particular women and mothers. On multiple occasions, I sought help and refuge from official channels, including the Saskatoon Police Service and the RCMP. Like many, many Indigenous women before me, the system failed me and my family. I fear that it is failing me again,” Walker’s statement read.
“I am pleased that the court has lifted the publication ban on my name. This provides me the opportunity to clearly tell my story, and will allow the public to make an informed judgment.”
Walker was arrested back in August in connection with a missing persons investigation in which she was initially charged with abduction in contravention of a custody order and public mischief.
In mid-November, additional charges were added, including procurement to be made and possessing identity documents, forging a passport, providing a false statement in relation to a passport, possession of a forged passport, possession of forged documents, identity theft and identity fraud.
Walker also faces charges in the U.S, with the United States Department of Homeland Security charging her with a felony offence of false statements in the use of a passport, to knowingly possess or use, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person, as well as a misdemeanour offence for a person to possess an identification document which is stolen or produced without lawful authority knowing that such document was stolen or produced without such authority.
– With files from Nathaniel Dove
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