Government of Canada announces funding for a feasibility study of searching the Prairie Green Landfill
February 8, 2023
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BY
Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
February 8, 2023
Ottawa, Ontario — Unceded Traditional Territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg Nation — The recent murders of Indigenous women in Winnipeg, Manitoba, are horrific, devastating, and exemplify the violence that Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people continue to experience in Canada. Each of the lives lost were cherished and a loved member of their families and communities.
To support the efforts underway in Winnipeg by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and the families of these victims, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations, announced $500,000 in funding for the AMC to support a feasibility study of searching the Prairie Green Landfill. The funding will support the AMC in collaborating with families and survivors; a variety of experts; Indigenous governments, partners, communities and grassroots organizations; as well as with federal, provincial and municipal governments; and other entities, such as the Winnipeg Police Service and the RCMP, to complete this feasibility study.
The Government of Canada is also working with Indigenous leaders and organizations, provincial and municipal governments, and policing partners to offer necessary support and healing services to families and communities during this difficult time.
“The Landfill Search Feasibility Study Committee appreciates the public and financial support of Minister Marc Miller, Crown–Indigenous Relations. This funding will provide much needed resources to conduct a proper feasibility study for Prairie Green Landfill. We anticipate that the work ahead will be emotionally and spiritually demanding for all involved, and as we continue to move forward at an expedient pace, we remind all those affected by this tragedy to ensure they are accessing the supports available.” says Grand Chief Cathy Merrick, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
There is a national, toll-free 24/7 crisis call line providing mental health support for anyone who requires emotional assistance related to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people. For assistance, call 1-844-413-6649.
Support is also available through the MMIWG health and cultural support services.
Support could include professional counselling with a focus on healing; emotional support, such as listening and referrals to additional services; and culturally specific help centred around traditional healing methods and Elder services.
Read the full media release on the Government of Canada website: Click here.