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"Crisis": The death of an indigenous woman in Winnipeg seeks a safe haven

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Kelly Geraldine Malone Stephanie Taylor

Lori Ann Mancheese is shown in this undated handout image. Mancheese always wanted a home but the Manitoba First Nations woman's remains were found in a field outside Winnipeg earlier this month before that dream could be fulfilled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Eugenia Houle   **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Lori Ann Mancheese is shown in this dateless distribution image. Mancheese always wanted a home, but before her dream came true, the remains of a Manitoba indigenous woman were found in a field outside Winnipeg earlier this month. Canadian Press / HO-Eugenia Houle    ** Required Credits **Canadian Press

Lorientman Cheese always wanted a home.

However, five 53-year-old mothers from Ebb and Flow First Nation in Manitoba died before her dream came true.

Earlier this month, her body was found in a farmer's field outside Winnipeg.

"She did her best to be happy, even without a house," said Lorient's sister, Normaman Cheese.

Mounties states that her death does not seem to be a crime at this time. But Lorient's family says she doesn't understand how she's left there.

Her death is now one of five women in about a month mourning by members of the state's indigenous community. Winnipeg police say three of these women were killed.

According to an analysis by the Canadian press on murders, at least 11 people have been missing and murdered since the final report was released by the National Survey of Indigenous Women and Girls in June 2019. Indigenous women and girls were killed in the city. Reported by police.

To make the state safer for indigenous women, urgent action is needed, including better access to safe housing that can save lives. There was, said Hilda Anderson Pilz, chairman of the national family. And the survivor circle.

The need extends beyond providing more nighttime emergency shelter space and includes more transitional and long-term housing options that provide adequate cultural and social support. She said.

Anderson-What I think Pilz lacks is political will.

As an example, she pointed out the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, showing how quickly decision makers and bureaucrats can act.

"This is very similar," she said. "We are losing lives."

The Survivor Circle was established and recommended in response to the 231 judicial calls made in the final report from the national investigation. It is designed to provide advice to Ottawa about its implementation.

Last month, Anderson Pilz's niece, Tessa Perry, was one of the people killed in Winnipeg.

"There are so many losses and we seem to be in a state of eternal sadness," Anderson-Pilz said. "We are at stake."

Former federal minister of indigenous relations, Carolyn Bennett, said the country's perception of the murder and missing of indigenous women and girls was the reason. We called this city "Ground Zero".

In 2014, it was near Winnipeg's dock when a small body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed in rock, was pulled from the Red River.

The death of a teenager in First Nations caused anger, raising calls for Ottawa to investigate the level of violence against indigenous women and girls. This was done the following year after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected.

However, people in the city say that the danger has only increased.

In the case of her sister Lorient, Normaman Cheese has no residence in First Nations, which means she doesn't have her own home and can live with friends and family in her area. She said there was.

Norma says she doesn't want to overwhelm her welcome and she says her sister will eventually travel to Winnipeg, where she will be homeless or live with her downtown friends. I did.

Norma said she wasn't an easy life because she had problems with her health and mobility.

Despite cries from advocates of emergency action, Ottawa has helped create new shelters and temporary housing spaces for indigenous women and girls trying to escape. We have not yet spent the $ 724 million announced in the fall of 2020. violence.

Judy Hughes, CEO of the Canadian Native Women's Association, said, "They don't care."

"There is no excuse for not being given that money," she said.

In a statement, a spokesman for the office of Women and Gender Equality Minister Marsi Yen announced that the application for the first round of funding has recently been closed and where it will flow. It takes place in the summer and begins in the fall, when it is expected to be implemented.

"There is definitely a long way to go, but we are heading in the right direction," writes Johise Namwilla. "The violence we saw in Winnipeg is tragic."

"We know that the voices of indigenous peoples must lead, and we are indigenous peoples, families, survivors, communities, states and We will continue to work closely with the territories as an equal partner. ”

Hughes is not only affordable but also safe for indigenous women living in the city. He said the big challenge of finding a home in a different area remains.

"There are still many landlords who refuse to rent to indigenous women," she said.

"They make reservations for indigenous women, we go see it, and they call us, and it's no longer available-often I We know it's just a case: "Oh, they saw her skin color."

Norma Mancheese said her sister went to Winnipeg in late May. He went and said he had coffee with a friend in early June.

Her body was discovered four days later.

"We are just wondering and know nothing," Norma said. "The police aren't telling us anything."

RCMP says it's waiting for the autopsy results, but the death seems to have been non-criminal. is.

Norma informed the Mountaines that Lorient was wearing a hospital bracelet, but her family was not allowed to see her body due to corruption and she was not allowed to see her body. Said.

She said she had many unanswered questions about the death of her sister, which left her family in unimaginable sadness.

But Norma is convinced that it would make a difference if her sister had a house that was a safe and happy place.

She is currently worried about other indigenous women in the same position as her sister.

This report by Canadian Press was first published on June 26, 2022.

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