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First Nations police investigating allegations young girl was sexually exploited – APTN News

Aug 29, 2023

The band council ordered treatment plant workers out of the community about 180 km northwest of Winnipeg last week.

The Manitoba First Nations Police Service confirms it is investigating allegations that some workers on a water treatment plant construction project in Sandy Bay Ojibway Nation were sexually exploiting an under-age female.

Insp. Jason Colon said police were notified of possible sexual offences by a relative of the girl on Aug. 23.

“Our officers immediately commenced an investigation,” Colon said in an email to APTN News Monday.

“Since we are involved in a very active investigation, we cannot comment on the nature of the offences or provide any further information which could identify the victim.”

Sandy Bay is located about 180 km northwest of Winnipeg.

The allegations

Alaya McIvor, a member of the nation and a Winnipeg-based advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, said she learned of the allegations on a recent trip to the community and from an online group.

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