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Calls for landfill search shadow Canadian premiers’ meeting with national Indigenous leaders in Winnipeg – CBC

Jul 11, 2023

Province’s decision not to fund search a ‘serious mistake,’ says Manitoba NDP leader

First Nations leaders in Manitoba say they are disappointed after the premier doubled down over the province’s decision not to finance a landfill search for the remains of two murdered Indigenous women.

Last Wednesday, Premier Heather Stefanson said she would not fund a three-year and up to $184-million search of the Prairie Green landfill just north of Winnipeg, where the remains of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran are believed to be located.

She said long-term health and safety risks of a search cannot be ignored, but the province would not stand in the way if the federal government wants to lead a search of Prairie Green, as long as there are guarantees for worker safety.

Stefanson stood by that decision on Monday afternoon.

“I think that there’s other ways where we can work together,” she said during a press conference at The Leaf in Winnipeg, where Canada’s premiers met with national Indigenous leaders and local Indigenous leaders from Treaty 1 Nation and the Red River Métis.

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