RCMP detachment set-up in Saskatchewan town due to presence of self-proclaimed ‘Queen of Canada’

By Alejandro Melgar and Nadia Moharib

A temporary, 24/7 RCMP detachment has been set up in a small Saskatchewan town near the Alberta border, which a group known as the “Kingdom of Canada” has called home.

Mounties made the move in the VIllage of Richmound in response to the presence of the fringe group led by Romana Didula, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Canada,” who moved in with her followers in September.

She and her followers set up camp in a school within the village — which has a population of 118.

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Earlier in October, Mayor Brad Miller said phony cease-and-desist letters were sent to village officials warning about trials for “crimes against humanity” and containing threats of public executions.

He also says he made contact with the RCMP to help as residents were feeling threatened by the group.

Chief Supt. Tyler Bates, commander of Saskatchewan RCMP’s south district, said in a news release they have received a number of calls for service related to the new neighbours over the past two weeks.

Now, Mounties are looking into a reported assault, as well as reports of threats and suspicious persons.

RCMP will also be doing regular patrols in the area.

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Didulo, who was forced out of Kamsack, Saskatchewan on Sept. 13, has been camped out on a resident’s property at the community’s shuttered school.

She has made calls for violent action against those who help administer COVID-19 vaccines to kids.

Premier Scott Moe has said the provincial government would not be stepping in.

Saskatchewan RCMP asks anyone in the Richmound area to report any suspicious activity to local police or tips can be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

-With files from The Canadian Press and Logan Stein

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