Cold Case North
The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett
TRUE CRIME / Abductions, Kidnappings & Missing Persons
Nov 07, 2020
127 x 177.8 mm
University of Regina Press
Missing persons. Double murder? Métis leader James Brady was one of the most famous Indigenous activists in Canada. A communist, strategist, and bibliophile, he led Métis and First Nations to rebel against government and church oppression. Brady’s success made politicians and clergy fear him; he had enemies everywhere. In 1967, while prospecting in Saskatchewan with Cree Band Councillor and fellow activist, Absolom Halkett, both men vanished from their remote lakeside camp. For 50 years rumours swirled of secret mining interests, political intrigue, and murder. Cold Case North is the story of how a small team, with the help of the Indigenous community, exposed police failure in the original investigation, discovered new clues and testimony, and gathered the pieces of the North’s most enduring missing persons puzzle.
“Like too many cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous people, authorities failed to ensure that Brady and Halkett’s deaths were properly investigated. This book helps get to the bottom of the fate of these two men, and demonstrates why investigators should never dismiss the knowledge of Indigenous peoples.” —Darren Prefontaine, author of Gabriel Dumont
Michael Nest is a freelance researcher and award-winning author whose work focuses on mining and corruption. Michael lives in Montréal.
Deanna Reder is a Cree-Métis literary critic and an Associate Professor in English and First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University. Deanna lives in Vancouver.
Eric Bell is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band and the owner of La Ronge Emergency Medical Services. Eric lives in La Ronge, SK.