Millbrook First Nation woman charged in connection with death of Sipekne’katik man

Douglas "Bert" Knockwood in 2016/Photo by Stephen Brake

A woman from the Millbrook First Nation in Nova Scotia has been charged in connection with the death of a man from the Sipekne’katik First Nation.

Adria Gloade, 37, is charged with being accessory after the fact to the murder of Douglas Bert Knockwood. According to an RCMP news release, she was arrested in Quebec without incident on Aug. 26 and transferred to Nova Scotia.

Gloade, who remains in custody, appeared in provincial court in Truro, N.S., via video link on Friday for arraignment. Her case was adjourned to Aug. 31 in order to give her time to find a lawyer.

Knockwood, 42, was found dead in a home on the Millbrook First Nation near Truro on July 12. The RCMP has initially said his death was suspicious but then ruled it as a homicide two days later.

Knockwood was the son of the late Douglas Knockwood, a respected Mi’kmaw elder, author and residential school survivor, who passed away in 2018.

Before Gloade was arrested, she was previously reported as missing by her family members. The RCMP asked for the public’s assistance on July 19 to help locate Gloade’s whereabouts. Gloade’s family members also travelled to Montreal to find her.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Chris Marshall said there have been no other arrests to date in connection to Knockwood’s death. He said the RCMP isn’t able to provide further details as the investigation is ongoing.


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About Maureen Googoo 256 Articles
Maureen Googoo is an award-winning journalist from Indian Brook First Nation (Sipekne'katik) in Nova Scotia. She has worked in news more than 30 years for media outlets such as CBC Radio, the Chronicle-Herald and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Maureen has an arts degree in political science from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, a journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto and a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.