At 4:00 PM (CDT) on September 5, leaders of four major church denominations will join the voices of supporters at Camp Marcedes and Camp Morgan urging provincial political leaders to give the go-ahead to search the Prairie Green Landfill for the remains of two missing Indigenous women, Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran. Harris has been missing since May 2022, and Myran since March of last year.
The Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Moderator of the United Church, The Rev. Mary Fontaine, Moderator of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, The Rev. Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, The Most Rev. Chris Harper, National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop, and The Rev. Canon Dr. Murray Still, Co-Chair of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, will visit Camp Morgan, at the Brady Landfill outside Winnipeg, in solidarity with those calling for justice and an end to the violence against Indigenous women, children, and Two-Spirit people.
- CBC News: Manitoba's refusal to search landfill for remains is racist, church leader says
- Winnipeg Sun: Church leaders, members stand in solidarity to call for landfill search
The United Church of Canada believes that the inherent dignity of every human being must be respected. In life, and now in death, Morgan Harris, Marcedes Myran, and thousands of other missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people have been denied the dignity and respect that they deserve.
What You Can Do
We are in solidarity with Camp Morgan and Camp Marcedes in Winnipeg #SearchtheLandfill
- Communities of faith, ministries, and individuals in Winnipeg are invited to join the church leaders at Camp Morgan on September 5.
- Communities of faith, ministries, and individuals across the country are invited to continue to share this message, adding their own voices to the call for a search and their support to Camp Marcedes and Camp Morgan. As you do so, please be aware of the trauma that these events continue to bring up for those who have been closely affected.
- Visit The United Church of Canada Facebook page for social media, banner images, and profile graphics you can share to amplify this call for justice.
- Hang a red dress outside of your church and share images on social media, using hashtags #SearchtheLandfill, #NoMoreMMIWG2S, and #UCCan.
More information on how to directly support those at Camp Marcedes and Camp Morgan will be shared after consultation with representatives of the camps and the families of the missing women.