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William Ballantyne would like to see tighter controls on alcohol on Pelican Narrows. ((CBC))

The husband of a woman who died in a stabbing in a northern Saskatchewan village says the community needs to get a handle on its alcohol problem.

Jean Ballantye of Pelican Narrows died on Christmas morning. Her funeral is Saturday.

Her grandson Riley Ballantyne, 20, faces a first-degree murder charge. He's in custody and will be back in court on Jan. 11.  

In an interview, Jean's husband William Ballantyne said violence in the community has to stop and tighter controls on liquor would be an important step.

A state of emergency is needed to stop bootleggers selling liquor in a community that's supposed to be alcohol-free, he said.

"If you take that liquor out of [a bootlegger's] vehicle every time ... it's going to slow down," he said. "Right now, there's nobody doing that. Maybe once in a while, but not much."

Ballantyne would like to see a First Nations peacekeeping program set up in his community. A midnight curfew enforced by the band and the RCMP would also be a good idea, he said.

"Yeah, we're pretty scared," he said. "The people walking around, they make a lot of noise."

About 2,500 people live in the area around Pelican Narrows, which is 520 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.