April 25th, 2024

Ottawa, Manitoba commit $20M each to landfill search for remains of slain women

By The Canadian Press on March 22, 2024.

Supporters and family gather at a rally calling for a search of a landfill at the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg on Monday, Sept.18, 2023. The families of two slain First Nations women are expected to provide an update in their push to get the federal and provincial governments to fund a search for the women's remains.THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

WINNIPEG – The federal and Manitoba governments are putting up $20 million each to help search a landfill for the remains of two slain Indigenous women.

The money is to go toward a search of the privately owned Prairie Green landfill north of Winnipeg, where the remains of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran are believed to be.

Jeremy Skibicki is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Harris, Myran and two other women.

The other two are Rebecca Contois, whose partial remains were found in a different landfill, and an unidentified woman Indigenous leaders have named Buffalo Woman.

The remains of Buffalo Woman have not been found.

An Indigenous-led committee commissioned two reports on the feasibility of a search, which has been estimated to cost $90 million if completed within a year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 22, 2024.

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