Saskatchewan

Flags lowered to honour 4 artists killed in Regina-area crash

Flags are being lowered in Regina and Ottawa to commemorate the loss of four artists who died in a highway crash near Regina earlier this week.
A flag at the University of Regina has been lowered to honour victims of a crash. (CBC)

Flags are being lowered in Regina and Ottawa to commemorate the loss of four artists who died in a highway crash near Regina earlier this week.

Michael Green, Michele Sereda, Narcisse Blood and Lacy Morin-Desjarlais died in a three-vehicle collision about 15 kilometres north of the city on Tuesday.

Green, 58, was a founding member of the Calgary's One Yellow Rabbit theatre company. Sereda, 49, was a performance artist and co-founder of Regina's Curtain Razors theatre company. Lacy Morin-Desjarlais, 29, was an artist and dancer who taught at the University of Regina. Narcisse Blood, 60, was an elder in Alberta's Blood Nation, a filmmaker and instructor at Red Crow Community College.

On Thursday, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa also said it would lower its flag to honour the lives of the four, who had been travelling to a school on a First Nation north of Regina when they were killed in the crash.

The University of Regina also lowered its flags, noting that both Sereda and Morin-Desjarlais taught there.

"Both Lacy and Michele were fantastic role models for our students and dedicated to working with First Nations communities," Rae Staseson, dean of the fine arts faculty, said in a news release. "They were two of our brightest stars in the local arts community and they will be immensely missed."

A fifth person, Morley Hartenberger, 59, of Cupar, Sask., who was in one of the other vehicles in the crash, also died on Tuesday.
 

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