January 18th, 2019

People urged to wear red to honour woman found dead on Newfoundland First Nation

By The Canadian Press on January 11, 2019.

CONNE RIVER, N.L. – A Newfoundland First Nation asked people to wear red Friday in honour of a woman found dead on the reserve, and for all murdered and missing Indigenous women.

The Miawpukek Mi’kamawey Mawi’omi First Nation, which has identified the woman as Chantal John, said her death shows the national crisis has no boundaries.

In a statement on its web site, the First Nation encouraged anyone wishing to show support for John’s family, and those of other murdered and missing Aboriginal women, to wear red.

Red dresses have become a symbol of symbol of murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada.

RCMP said they responded to a complaint of a suspicious death in Conne River, N.L., at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

There has been no official word on any arrests.

Miawpukek Chief Mi’Sel Joe said the whole community is grieving for John, who was in her late 20s and a member of Joe’s family through adoption.

He described her Thursday as a quiet and respectful person.

“Right now everybody is in a bit of a shock and the whole community is under a dark cloud trying to deal with this tragedy,” Joe said.

In a Facebook post, the First Nation emphasized the impact of John’s loss on the community.

“As a community we are grieving. Such violence does not happen in small, rural communities. We are family, we are friends who are trying to deal with the murder of a young Indigenous women,” it said.

It said her death “has hit home that the MMIWG crisis has no boundaries.”

“Chantal’s death adds to the growing number of Canadian Indigenous women who are disproportionately affected by all forms of violence,” the post read. “Over the coming days and weeks we will do our best to support and comfort each other as this shock reverberates through our families and community.”

The RCMP Major Crimes Section and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating the death.

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