Leaders to explore real solutions for missing, murdered indigenous women
Jon Hendricks, CTV Winnipeg
Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016 8:40PM CST
2016 is already proving to be a violent year for Winnipeg.
February isn't even finished yet, and already there have been five homicide investigations in the city.
On Monday, Winnipeg police discovered Marilyn Rose Munroe's body inside her home on Pritchard Avenue.
Munroe’s friend, Stacy Sainnawap, told CTV News the 41-year-old was social and outgoing. She said her friend’s death was a shock to everyone who knew her.
"She was so out there with people, and she was so loving," said Sainnawap. "She was out there getting along with everybody. And that's why I don't understand why this happened to her."
Police said they're investigating Munroe’s death as a homicide. For now, officers can't comment on when she may have last been seen.
"An individual, or individuals, may be responsible for her death," said Const. Jason Michalysen, Winnipeg Police Service. "Until we move this investigation a little bit further, we're not in a position to provide that timeline. That would be very important information."
But shifting the focusing to a different timeline, something else becomes clear: of the five homicide investigations this year, three of the victims are indigenous women.
"What's happened in the last two months in Winnipeg, in respect to three indigenous women, happens across the country on a daily basis," said Nahanni Fontaine, a special advisor to the Manitoba government on Aboriginal Women's issues.
Fontaine said this is why the second roundtable on missing and murdered indigenous women is focused on finding practical solutions right away.
"What can we agree on?" mused Fontaine. "What are the gaps? What are the recommendations? What do we need to deal with immediately, and commit to immediately, across the country?"
The national roundtable on missing and murdered indigenous women will run through Friday.
Vigil for Marilyn Rose Munroe
The family of Marilyn Rose Munroe has invited community members to come together and honour her life Friday evening.
They’ve put out a call for drums to share memorial songs and songs of healing. They ask those attending to bring extra candles and smudge.
The candlelight vigil will start at 6:45 p.m. at 298 Pritchard Avenue.
At 7 p.m. a walk will commence from that location to the Aboriginal Funeral Home, where wake services have been scheduled for Munroe.