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Manitoba’s Project Devote ‘a waste of time’ when it comes to solving murders of Indigenous women – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on March 12, 2020106 Views

March 11, 2020

When Manitoba RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) announced their Project Devote partnership in 2011 it promised hope for hurting families.

But that promise is now being panned after this week’s release of a suspect in the Nicolle Hands homicide – one of 30 cases the task force is responsible for.

“They’re exploiting missing and murdered women for a paycheque,” said Alaya McIvor, a Winnipeg-based advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) and two-spirited people who lost a cousin to violence in her Manitoba First Nation.

“Project Devote is a waste of time in my eyes.”

McIvor expressed the disappointment following an emotional weekend that saw Project Devote announce an arrest in the 16-year-old Hands’ case and then – not even 48 hours later – release the suspect without charge.

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