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Although Brady Road Barricade Is Gone, Protestors Continue to Advocate for A Search

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Despite the city crews removing the barricade blocking the main entrance of the Brady Road Landfill, protesters, advocates, and members of the Indigenous community stand strong, continuing to advocate for the search of two murdered Indigenous women.

An injunction from the Manitoba Court of King’s Bench Justice Sheldon Lanchbery said the protest is valid and can continue, but the roadway can no longer be blocked. The city must be allowed to operate the landfill.

The barricade was set up in reaction to Premier Heather Stefanson and the provincial government’s response to a feasibility study to search the Prairie Green Landfill. The Manitoba Government would not fund a search of the landfill north of Winnipeg for the bodies of two murdered Indigenous women, Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran, stating it would be too risky for workers.

The push to search the Prairie Green landfill continued for months, and a federal government study was commissioned by an Indigenous-led committee spearheaded by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to see the feasibility of canvassing the site. Police said they would not search the Prairie Green site due to the passage of time and the amount of material. In Toronto, police spent months searching for the remains of 57-year-old Nathaniel Brettell.

Jeremy Skibicki faces first-degree murder charges for the deaths of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran, Rebecca Contois and a fourth woman, Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe (Buffalo Woman). The partial remains of Contois were found last year at the city-owned Brady Road Landfill, and the remains of Harris and Myran are believed to be at the Prairie Green landfill, according to Winnipeg police.

The barricade isn’t the only setup on Brady Road. Two teepees and a 73-foot-long and 21-foot-wide wigwam, dubbed Camp Morgan, will remain as a memorial on the side of the road. The camp was erected back in December upon the first discovery of the remains. Back in 2011, there was a search for Tanya Nepinak. The search began on Oct. 3 and ended on Oct. 9 with no evidence located.

A second camp will be erected at The Human Rights Museum to keep awareness of the missing women and the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit.

– Ryan Funk, U Multicultural

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