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Feasibility Study Complete into Search of Winnipeg Landfill for Women’s Remains

May 5, 2023 6:45 AM | The Canadian Press

By The Canadian Press

Marc Miller

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller, left to right, joins Chiefs of the First Nations forming the Regroupement Petapan, Real Tettaut (Nutashkuan), Martin Dufour (Essipit), and Gilbert Dominique (Mashteuiatsh) during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 4, 2023, regarding the Petapan Treaty project. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

The federal minister responsible for Crown-Indigenous relations says a study has been completed into whether it’s possible for a Winnipeg-area landfill to be searched for the remains of two Indigenous women.

Marc Miller’s office did not release any details from the feasibility study and says in a statement that it’s being reviewed.

Ottawa provided $500,000 to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs for studying a search at the Prairie Green landfill.

Winnipeg police said in December that they believe the remains of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran are in the landfill north of the city.

But they said that it would be too difficult to search due to the passage of time and a large volume of material deposited at the site.

Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki faces charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of the two women as well as in the killings of Rebecca Contois and a fourth unidentified woman Indigenous leaders have named Buffalo Woman.

The partial remains of Contois were found last June in another Winnipeg landfill.

“We are also working with Indigenous leaders and organizations, provincial and territorial governments; and policing partners, to offer support and healing services to families and communities during this difficult time,” Miller’s office said Thursday.

“We would like to thank the families, community leadership, and AMC for their work, done in a culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed manner — and keeping at heart the families, survivors, and communities.”

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