Friday April 22, 2016

Anatomy of a street gang and Indian Posse co-founder Danny Wolfe

Danny Wolfe once told an undercover officer his tattoos told the story of his life. He died of a violent stabbing in a Saskatchewan prison in 2010.

Danny Wolfe once told an undercover officer his tattoos told the story of his life. He died of a violent stabbing in a Saskatchewan prison in 2010. (Courtesy of Susan Creeley)

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Danny Wolfe and Mom

As a teenager, Danny talked of how he dreamed his mother, Susan Creeley (R), would one day beat her addictions. Since 2001, Creeley has been sober and is now a health, wellness and justice coordinator on the Okanese reserve in Saskatchewan. (Courtesy of Susan Creeley)

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Danny Wolfe, age seven. He was described as a quiet child with a livewire presence. (1982) (Courtesy of Susan Creeley)

Danny Wolfe's first brush with the law came when he was four years old. And by the age of 12, Danny Wolfe had helped form a gang. The Indian Posse came together on the streets of Winnipeg in the late 1980s.    

The Indian Posse has outlived Danny Wolfe. He died violently when he was stabbed in a Saskatchewan prison in 2010.

The gang  was considered one of Canada's most notorious criminal organizations and was one of the initial sparks behind a violent fire consuming the prairies today.  Aboriginal street gangs are said by police to be one of the fastest growing criminal organizations in Canada. 

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In 2008, Danny Wolfe made a brazen escape from a Saskatchewan jail.

The Current explores the life of modern outlaw Danny Wolfe and the on-going Aboriginal gang activity in Winnipeg.

Guests in this segment:

  • Joe Friesen, reporter with the Globe and Mail and author of The Ballad of Danny Wolfe: Life of a Modern Outlaw is out next week. 
  • Mitch Bourbonniere, social worker in Winnipeg, who also helps people leave gang life.  

This segment was produced by Winnipeg network producer Suzanne Dufresne.