James Favel, the executive director of Bear Clan Patrol, said the group was asked by the York Factory First Nation to head up to York Landing in northern Manitoba watch out for the community.
Bear Clan Patrol is a non-violent volunteer group originally founded in Winnipeg to provide security to the Indigenous community in 1992.
Favel said seven members headed up to York Landing, a town of around 400 people, and spotted two strange men matching the descriptions of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near the dump around 4:15 p.m. local time.
“They come across two men who meet the description of the two wanted suspects,” Favel told Black Press Media by phone.
“They appeared to be scavenging food out of the dump.”