A member of Saskatchewan First Country, where a missing teen died in downtown Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Inadequate police investigations say it is evidence of systematic racism against indigenous peoples.
Noelle “Elli” O'Soup, 14, was one of two people whose bodies were found in an apartment room on May 1. Identified as one. Heatley Avenue on Hastings Street, according to Vancouver police.
"Earlier this week, VPD received confirmation from British Columbia. A coroner that Noel was one of the two found on May 1. "Service," said Const, a spokeswoman. Tania Visintin by email. "Until then, her identity was unknown because she was waiting for identity verification from British Columbia. Coroner service."
The cause of death was unknown. The names of others have not been revealed.
"I met Noel's family personally yesterday (Thursday) and will continue to provide support and information to them for the duration of the investigation," Visintin said. Said.
O'Soup has been missing since leaving her home in her Port Coquitlam "without permission" on May 12, 2021. .. Time to seek the help of the general public to find her, including her photo.
Police said she was known to frequently enter and leave the Vancouver area and may have avoided her medical examination.
The Coquitlam RCMP, responsible for the missing person file, also invited Key First Nations Chief Clinton Key as part of the Task Force.
"Did you do enough (to find Elli)? I'm not going to judge, but the judiciary and police are to our people, especially women. I don't think we're doing anything important to change the way we deal with it, "key said.
"I'm very sad. It fits perfectly with the systematic racism we see in how these cases are treated.
"I'm not impressed with how (disappearance) was handled."
Newly elected Key First Nation's Solomon Reese said that if Osoup was "a white upper middle class girl (missing) from West Vancouver, all resources were deployed to find her, but she took care of her. Was another indigenous youth. "
The band posted a $ 10,000 reward for information that helped police find her, and Reese said. He said the state should have surpassed it to a more meaningful level of $ 100,000.
Reece and Key are fair third to investigate how the missing person case is managed and indigenous youth are overvalued by foster parents. I'm looking for someone.
O’Soup's cousin, Reece, wasn't sure that the young man was taking care of her when she disappeared.
Due to confidentiality concerns, the Ministry of Child and Family Development cannot comment on the incident or even confirm that it is related to children, adolescents and families, a ministry spokesman said. Said in an email.
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