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Police Say No Charges Will Be Laid In Death of Infant On Mosquito Reserve PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:08

RCMP say no charges will be laid in the death of a three-year-old girl on a reserve near North Battleford.

The girl was struck by a car on July 29 on the Mosquito First Nation.

She later died in hospital of her injuries.

Police say a review by the Crown determined her death was an accident.

(The Canadian Press)

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:13
Teen Pleads Guilty To Double Murder On First Nations Reserve In Sask PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:05

REGINA - One of three people charged in a double slaying on a

Saskatchewan reserve near Regina has pleaded guilty.

A man and woman from the Standing Buffalo First Nation near Fort
Qu'Appelle were found dead in a home in October 2012.

A 17-year-old teenager and two adults were charged with first-degree murder.

The teen, who is now 19, has appeared in Court of Queen's Bench in Regina and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder.

He cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The Crown says it will seek an adult life sentence, while the defence has indicated it will argue for a youth sentence.

(The Canadian Press)

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 07:06
Slaying Of Winnipeg Teen Prompts Renewed Calls For National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Needham   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:01

The Opposition is renewing its call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women following the death of a First Nations teen in Winnipeg earlier this week.

The body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was found wrapped in a bag in the Red River on Sunday.

She had been missing since August 8.

Manitoba NDP MP Niki Ashton says the nature of Fontaine's death has rocked the local community and it is high time the Harper government admits there is a problem and launches a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

"Tina Fontaine was a daughter.  She was a niece, she was a loved family member and a loved member of the community.  And, at 15 -- I mean, at any age -- it's horrifying to hear of this happening.  I mean, what kind of society do we have that somebody views her as a piece of garbage -- just something to wrap up in plastic and throw in the Red River."

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the killing of Fontaine underscores the need for a public inquiry.

"The entire First Nations and Aboriginal communities across the country are reeling with this particularly poignant and tragic loss.  But it comes on a compounded loss of so many missing and murdered over the years, which is why the Liberal Party has always been unequivocal that we need a full, national inquiry."

Justice Minister Peter MacKay said yesterday he has no plans to call a national inquiry.  MacKay says Ottawa's addressing the issue in other ways such as Aboriginal justice programs and a national DNA missing person's index.

(with files from The Canadian Press)

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