FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Treaty 2 Territory Government share condolences with the family of Rebecca Contois, and the Nation of O-Chi-Cha- Ko-Sipi
Treaty 2 Territory – May 21, 2022
Our Treaty 2 Territory Anishinaabek Government extend our heartfelt condolences to the children, family, and loved ones of Rebecca Contois.
Rebecca was a member of O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation; She was just 24 years old and was recently the victim of a homicide in Winnipeg.
Our Treaty 2 Territory Government honour our Anishinaabe Ikwe in all facets of the work we do. First Nation women, girls, and gender-diverse people are sacred. Traditionally they are valued in our Nations, and among our relations yet today due to colonization, racism, and gender discrimination, First Nation women, girls, and gender-diverse people disproportionately face tragic and life-threatening, gender-based violence.
Ogichidaa Cornell McLean shared “It’s tragic and beyond heartbreaking that this continues to happen to our women and girls. It needs to stop. They are our sacred life givers; no child should ever have to grow up without a mother. Our heartfelt condolences to Rebecca’s family and all those that knew and loved her”.
Our Treaty 2 Territory Anishinaabek Government has launched a MMIWGT Sub Circle under Peacemaking to implement Resolution 2020-09-03-004 to support the 2380 family testimonies and the 231 Calls to Justice from the Final Report on the National Inquiry into MMIWG. We will continue our strategy to hold the governments accountable to the federal Nation Action Plan and ensure interventions and resources reach citizens in our Territory, and stop the tragedy of violence against our Ikwe.
Our prayers are with Rebecca’s family, friends, and Nation as they mourn this profound loss.
If you are affected by the loss of Rebecca, and/or the loss of our missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+, and require immediate emotional assistance, please call 1.844.413.6649.
For more information on the Government of First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory, please visit our website at www.fnt2t.com
(For) Danielle McGurry, Communications Keeper
First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory
(204) 391.2159 | Email: Marlene.Davis@fnt2t.com
Last modified: May 21, 2022