Two convicted murderers and a third prisoner with a history of running from authorities have escaped from a minimum-security healing lodge in Manitoba.

The three men went missing Thursday from Ochichakkosipi healing lodge staff on the Crane River First Nation, about 350 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

There are no fences around the facility.

Edward Bernard, 50, was serving a sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder, Jeff Campbell, spokesman with the Correctional Service of Canada, said from Saskatoon.

Allan Stonechild, 58, was also serving a sentence for second-degree murder, Campell said.

A third prisoner, 31-year-old Nelson Kahnapace, was serving a nine-year sentence for a range of charges, including escaping lawful custody, aggravated assault, break and enter and robbery, said Campbell.

The men are all considered to be a low-risk to the public, said Campbell.

"Anybody who winds up in a minimum security facility is assessed as a low-risk," he said.

Edward Bernard is described as:

  • 5'11 tall
  • 188 pounds
  • black hair and brown eyes

Allan Stonechild is described as:

  • 6'1 tall
  • 256 pounds
  • black hair and brown eyes

Nelson Kahnapace is described as:

  • 5'9 tall
  • 177 pounds
  • brown hair and hazel eyes

A photograph has been released of Bernard. Campbell says corrections officials are working with police to obtain pictures of all of the escaped inmates.

Ochichakkosipi healing lodge is operated by the Crane River First Nation under an agreement with the federal government.

With a report from The Canadian Press