The family of Crystal Machiskinic is remembering a mother, sister and daughter who died last Friday in her Regina home.

The family is having the funeral outside, in plus 30 degree heat in Stonechild’s backyard due to financial difficulties.

Machiskinic was part of the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) Program which is administered by the Ministry of Social Services and it covers some basic funeral costs.

Funding for funeral services for people on social assistance was cut during the province’s recent budget. It was then restored last week but the current flat fee was reduced from $3,850 to $2,100 as of July 1, 2017.