Second Onion Lake man arrested for murder of Braden Bull

Police have arrested a second man in connection to the murder of Braden Richard Bull of Little Pine First Nation, whose body was found on Onion Lake Cree Nation (OLCN) Jan. 21, 2020.

Branden Dillon, 26, of OLCN, was arrested in Prince Albert and charged with second-degree murder. In September, Vega Bear, 24, of Onion Lake, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

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Dillon made his first court appearance on Oct. 20, 2020, in Prince Albert Provincial Court. He was remanded in custody and the matter was adjourned to Nov. 4 in Onion Lake circuit court to speak to the matter.

Bull’s body was found Jan. 21, 2020, off Hwy 797 on OLCN. His murder partly prompted OLCN to declare a state of emergency Jan. 24, 2020.

OLCN chief and council held an emergency meeting Jan. 22, 2020, to decide how to deal with what they called increasing drug and gang activity. In a media release they said they were declaring a state of emergency “after a rash of drug and gang related activity, which has directly led to increased violence in the community.”

The Onion Lake RCMP with the assistance of the RCMP Major Crimes Unit – North, the North Battleford RCMP Forensics Identification Section, the Saskatchewan RCMP Polygraph Unit, the North Battleford, Prince Albert and Saskatoon RCMP General Investigation Sections (GIS) continue to investigate the homicide of Bull. 

If anyone has any information that could assist investigators, please contact the Onion Lake RCMP at 306-344-5550. Information can also be submitted anonymously to Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online at

Onion Lake Cree Nation has about 4,000 people living in their community, which is located about 50 kilometres north of Lloydminster and borders the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.




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