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The Redress Project at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights // Photo by Ruth Shead

UM speaks out in support of implementing the MMIWG Calls for Justice

December 7, 2022 — 

The University of Manitoba is deeply saddened by the murders of four Indigenous women, Rebecca Contois, 24, Marcedes Myran, 26, Morgan Beatrice Harris, 39, and Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe (Buffalo Woman), all from Manitoba.

Dr. Catherine Cook, Vice-President (Indigenous) conveyed, “Our heartfelt sympathies are with the families of the four women and the communities of Long Plain First Nation, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation, the Winnipeg Indigenous community and the staff, faculty and students at UM. The sorrow, anger and grief of the devastating loss of Indigenous women is felt by so many.”

In The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Call to Justice 15.1 calls on all Canadians to “Denounce and speak out against violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people.

“These women, their families and communities, deserve so much more than the systemic violence perpetrated against them,” said Michael Benarroch, President and Vice-Chancellor. “As a university, we have a critical role in advancing the Calls to Action and Calls for Justice and we must speak out.”

If you’re struggling with the loss of a missing or murdered Indigenous woman, girl, or #2SLGBTQI+ person, help is available. Call the toll-free 24/7 federal MMIWG support line at 1-866-818-3505 to speak to a counsellor.

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