Final Report of the Landfill Search Feasibility Study Committee’s Technical Subcommittee
July 24, 2023
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
This report presents the findings of a comprehensive feasibility study conducted by the Technical Subcommittee of the Landfill Search Feasibility Study Committee, established by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC).
The study aimed to address the urgent need to search for the bodies of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran, believed to be in the Prairie Green Landfill, and it confirms that such a search is indeed feasible.
This document outlines the events leading up to the study, which was initiated after the Winnipeg Police Service declined to conduct the landfill search. The Technical Subcommittee’s mandate was to assess the feasibility of the search, considering potential risks, costs, and timeframes involved. We are sharing this document to emphasize the importance of all levels of government taking responsibility to assist in locating these victims. The findings highlight the pressing need for collaborative efforts to bring closure to the families and ensure justice is served.
Trigger Warning: Details of this report are very distressing to read. Please be prepared to reach out for support while reading or afterwards. The Hope for Wellness helpline is available 24/7 by calling 1-855-242-3310 or visiting https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/
*Also note: out of a deep respect for the privacy of families who are still grieving, we have redacted their personal impact statements.
Dr. Emily Holland, Forensic Anthropologist, Brandon University
Mr. Kristopher Dueck, Rocky Mountain Forensic Consulting
Kirstin Witwicki, Harris Family Representative
Donna Bartlett, Myran Family Representative
Leslie Spillett, Elder
Kristin Flattery, Women’s Coordinator, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Ryan Schenk, Fire Commissioner, MB Office of the Fire Commissioner
Shannon Kohler, Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment and Climate
Nada Suresh, Environment and Climate
Izzie Abrams, Vice President, Government & External Affairs, Waste Connections Canada
Chris Visser, P. Eng., Canadian Region Engineering Manager, Waste Connections Canada
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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) peoples.