Calls for inquiry on missing and murdered Aboriginal women – Wawatay News

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Calls for inquiry on missing and murdered Aboriginal women

Friday January 20, 2012
Rick Garrick — Wawatay News

Mishkegogamang’s Tom Wassaykeesic welcomes a United Nations call for an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women after a recent investigation into his mother’s 1976 death failed find anything new.

“To me, there was no smoking gun,” said the Mishkeegogamang councillor about the Ontario Provincial Police’s 2011 investigation into Sophie Wassaykeesic’s death in Central Patricia, now part of Pickle Lake. “We’re talking about witnesses who are no longer around. Those who are still alive can’t really recollect anything.”

Wassaykeesic and his three brothers were disappointed after meeting with representatives from the Coroner’s office and the OPP in Thunder Bay in late December. The original verdict in Sophie’s death still stands: death by asphyxiation.

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