The leader of the group pushing to search a Winnipeg-area landfill for the remains of two First Nations women says she doesn’t buy the Manitoba government’s explanation that it won’t provide funding for the initiative because of safety concerns for those who would be sifting through the materials.
“That’s bullshit. Because the feasibility study was conducted by experts. We had an anthropologist on the technical working group,” Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Cathy Merrick said in an interview on Wednesday.
“Those issues are reflected in the study as to what can be done, as to what preventative measures can be taken not to put anybody at risk — so that homework is done, and I’m pretty shocked that those issues would come forward now.”
Merrick spoke shortly after the Manitoba government released a statement on Wednesday evening, saying it “cannot knowingly risk Manitoba workers’ health and safety for a search without a guarantee” of finding the women’s remains.