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Shooting death of young Indigenous man forces rural community to confront racism


November 7, 2019

Two men were charged with first degree murder in the death of Kristian Ayoungman, a 24-year-old seen as a bridge between the communities of Siksika First Nation and Strathmore, Alta. (Ayoungman Family)

In many ways, Kristian Ayoungman was seen as an example of reconciliation in action. He lived on the Siksika First Nation, but growing up, he went to school and played hockey in Strathmore, Alta., a small town 20 kilometres north of the reserve.

He was seen as a bridge between the two communities in which he lived - until the night in March when he was shot and killed.


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