from the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC):

May 28, 2024

In 2022, four women were targeted, harmed and killed by the same man in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rebecca Contois, 24, Morgan Harris, 39, Marcedes Myran, 26, and an unidentified woman who has been given the name Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe, or Buffalo Woman, by community leaders were all Indigenous.

The violence committed against Contois, Harris, Myran and Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe included physical and sexual violence. As this case now goes to trial, prosecutors said of the man charged: “His actions were intentional, purposeful and racially motivated.”

Too many atrocities like this affect Indigenous women, children, and gender-diverse people. Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres OCRCC) stands in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and their communities in the face of these acts of gender-based violence. In addition, we wish to raise the visibility of realities impacting Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people.  

  • Read OCRCC’s response and calls to action here
  • May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month in Ontario! Make sure you are following @ocrcc_on and #SurvivorsFirst on all social media, so that you can stay in the loop with events, initiatives, and messaging from sexual assault centres across Ontario

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