Police do not suspect foul play, but their investigation is ongoing.
Machiskinic’s aunt, Delores Stevenson organized a sombre vigil that was held Sunday as family and friends gathered to mark Machiskinic’s death, a year ago.
Participants started the vigil with a short walk from the Osler Street headquarters of the Regina police before proceeding to Saskatchewan Drive where the Delta Hotel is located.
Ready to break that silence
Machiskinic’s family hopes more information is provided in the case. They also have questions surrounding the circumstances of her death, and what happened to her.
Stevenson said her questions involve how the woman came to be at the hotel at 4 a.m. CST the night she died.
“Maybe somebody hurt her,” she said.
While Stevenson acknowledged that Machiskinic had been leading a high-risk lifestyle, a suggestion from authorities about how the woman died leaves her with questions.
“The police … gave us a scenario that she was an intoxicated woman who wandered to the Delta Hotel and put herself in a laundry chute, which doesn’t make sense,” she said.
“There’s been quite a silence,” Stevenson said, in reference to the death of her niece. “I think we’re ready to break that silence and shine more light on the story.”
Stevenson hopes Sunday’s walk and vigil will raise awareness of other cases across Canada that may be similar to that of Machiskinic.