By Red Power Media, Staff
Youth from Garden Hill First Nation arrested, sources say
According to media reports, Manitoba RCMP have made an arrest in Garden Hill First Nation in connection with the murder of 11-year-old Teresa Robinson.
CBC News reports, RCMP announced they arrested a male in Garden Hill in connection with the case, but they did not provide further details.
“While we understand that this arrest will generate a lot of questions, we are not in a position to provide further information at this time as there are a number of investigative steps currently being undertaken,” Sgt. Bert Paquet said in a news release.
RCMP said further information about the arrest would be provided on Friday.
CTV News has learned a youth from the Garden Hill First Nation community has been charged in connection with the murder of Teresa .
Teresa, was last seen leaving a birthday party in Garden Hill First Nation on May 5, 2015.
It was initially believed the girl was mauled by an animal, but police later announced they were treating the case as a homicide.
Teresa’s remains were found six days after she was reported missing.
In January, officers started voluntarily collecting DNA samples from men on Garden Hill between the ages of 15 and 66.
The Mounties made a number of trips to the community collecting these samples, and it’s believed hundreds were given.
At this point, it’s not known what sparked the arrest.
Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, — who defended the RCMP’s collection of DNA from 2,000 men and boys — said in a news release that she and others from the group would not comment out of respect for the family and the Garden Hill First Nation.
Teresa Robinson death came almost exactly one year after the RCMP released an unprecedented report that found 1,181 indigenous girls and women were killed or went missing in Canada between 1980 and 2012.