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The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs sends Heartfelt Condolences to the Family of Rebecca Contois

Press Release

May 20, 2022

Treaty One Territory. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) issues this statement in response to the tragic discovery of 24-year-old Rebecca Contois’ remains in Winnipeg’s North End. An individual named Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki is charged with first-degree murder.

“We are devastated to learn of this news and condemn these acts of violence toward First Nations women,” said AMC Acting Grand Chief Cornell McLean. “Our most sincere condolences to the Contois family on the loss of their beloved family member, another beautiful First Nations woman, tragically taken from this world too soon by an act of violence and cruelty.”

“First Nations women continue to be targeted and victimized in Canadian society. A legacy of colonial policy that has targeted First Nations women and girls for over 150 years has created an epidemic of violence. As a result, the national crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples (MMIWG2S+) persist at alarming rates within our province,” said Cora Morgan, First Nations Family Advocate Office.

Initially, the hearings of the National Inquiry into MMIWG were not going to look into Child Welfare. However, the AMC challenged the position of the National Inquiry and submitted an application to compel the inclusion of child welfare/child protection/children in care into the government services institutional hearing of the National Inquiry into MMIWG in May 2018. Eventually, the National Inquiry decided to examine the child welfare system as it relates to MMIWG.

“Three years after the release of Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, there is still no concrete plan to address the issue of violence against First Nations women. First Nation women and girls deserve to feel safe, and through the work of the First Nations Family Advocate Office, we will continue to support families and young women who may be at risk,” said Cora Morgan.

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For more information, please contact:

Communications Team

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Email: [email protected]

About the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The AMC was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC is an authorized representative of 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba with a total of more than 151,000 First Nation citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 percent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho / Ininew (Cree), Anishininew (Ojibwe-Cree), Denesuline (Dene) and Dakota Oyate (Dakota) people.

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