PETERS – Landfill search for Indigenous women’s remains worth honest effort

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THE FRAUGHT RELATIONSHIP between Canada’s Indigenous people and this nation’s police reached another new low this week.

Winnipeg’s police service revealed that the remains of two of the four victims of an alleged serial killer — both Indigenous women — are believed to be in a landfill just outside of Winnipeg.

However, the department has decided the job of searching the landfill to actually find those remains and return them to their families is just too onerous.

In fact, Winnipeg Police made that decision in June, but are only speaking publicly about it now.

It’s very difficult for settler governments and law enforcement agencies to be received in good faith when time and time again, they offer no respect to the final resting places of Indigenous people.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

About Mel Rothenburger (9652 Articles) is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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