Ottawa, Manitoba commit $20M each to landfill search for remains of slain women

WINNIPEG — The federal and Manitoba governments are putting up $20 million each to help search a landfill for the remains of two slain Indigenous women.

The money is to go toward a search of the privately owned Prairie Green landfill north of Winnipeg, where the remains of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran are believed to be.

Jeremy Skibicki is charged with first−degree murder in the deaths of Harris, Myran and two other women.

The other two are Rebecca Contois, whose partial remains were found in a different landfill, and an unidentified woman Indigenous leaders have named Buffalo Woman.

The remains of Buffalo Woman have not been found.

An Indigenous−led committee commissioned two reports on the feasibility of a search, which has been estimated to cost $90 million if completed within a year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 22, 2024.

The Canadian Press