Letter from General Secretary; Call to Action

Family and friends of murdered women hold candles at a vigil
Family and friends at a vigil for Rebecca Contois, Morgan Harris, and Marcedes Myran on December 1, 2022.
Published On: December 15, 2022

The Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary of The United Church of Canada, has written to Winnipeg Chief of Police Danny Smyth asking that he revisit his decision to not search the Prairie Green landfill for the remains of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran. They are among four Indigenous women recently identified as victims of a serial killer, more lives lost to Canada’s national crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Centering the voices of Indigenous families and communities who wish to see Moran, Marcedes, Rebecca Contois, and Mashkode Bizhiki'ikwe honoured and respected, the General Secretary noted that the church “believe[s] that everyone, created in the image of God, has a right to be treated with respect and protected from harm. This extends from life through death.”

The Executive of Prairie-to-Pine Regional Council has also sent a letter to the police chief.

Communities of faith, ministries, and individuals across the country are invited to share the letter (available in the Downloads, below) and add their own voices to the call for a search. As you do so, please be aware of the trauma that these recent events continue to bring up for those who have been most closely affected.

Correspondence may be sent to:

Chief Danny Smyth
Winnipeg Police Services
P.O. Box 1680
Winnipeg MB
R3C 2Z7

Please copy your letter to:

Mayor Scott Gillingham
City of Winnipeg Mayor's Office
510 Main Street
Winnipeg MB
R3B 1B9

Premier Heather Stefanson
204 Legislative Building
450 Broadway
Winnipeg MB
R3C 0V8

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