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A quiet crime wave against Manitoba’s Sayisi Dene women

A photo of Annie Yassie from Manitoba’s Project Disappear database. The 13-year-old girl had just returned home to Churchill, Man., from residential school when she disappeared on June 22, 1974. (RCMP)

A photo of Annie Yassie from Manitoba’s Project Disappear database. The 13-year-old girl had just returned home to Churchill, Man., from residential school when she disappeared on June 22, 1974. (RCMP)

Northern community’s murdered, missing women and girls remain unnoticed

By Donna Carreiro, CBC News, April 7, 2015

It’s been 45 years since Ila Oman was murdered in the Dene Village outside Churchill, Man. But to this day, no one knows who sexually assaulted her. No one knows who physically attacked her. And no one knows which came first.

In fact, few people know Ila Oman even existed, let alone died a brutal death.

“It was like no one really cared. It was like this was almost normal,” recalled Nancy Powderhorn, who was a child at the time of the incident. Read the rest of this entry