Manitoba First Nations Worried About Changes to Child-Welfare System

Cora Morgan, Manitoba First Nations family advocate,

There are concerns more Indigenous children will be permanently taken from their homes

Some Manitoba First Nations say they are worried some of the reforms planned for the province’s troubled child-welfare system could worsen the problem of having Aboriginal children raised in non-Indigenous homes.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says government plans to expand subsidies to include people seeking permanent guardianship of foster children will only make it faster and easier for kids to be taken from their parents forever.

“This is putting children at risk of being in non-Indigenous homes permanently,” said Cora Morgan, the assembly’s First Nations family advocate.

“When probably close to 90 per cent of our children are placed in non-Indigenous homes, and they’re not having access to culturally appropriate services or meaningful connections to culture and identity, then I have trouble with that.”

Indigenous people make up 17 per cent of Manitoba’s population, but almost 90 per cent of the 10,700 children in government care are Aboriginal.

System encourages taking children

First Nations leaders have long said the system is set up to encourage the seizure of children, because agencies are paid partly based on how many kids they care for.

The Progressive Conservative government, elected in 2016, has promised reforms but has yet to release details.

Families Minister Scott Fielding said legislation will be introduced soon to offer the same kind of subsidies foster parents have to people who seek permanent guardianship. The aim is to give kids a more stable environment rather than have them bouncing between temporary foster homes.

Morgan is worried the subsidies will encourage the current majority of non-Indigenous foster parents to seek permanent care of their charges. Fielding said his goal is to entice more family members who may not otherwise be able to afford to take care of the children.

This is putting children at risk of being in non-Indigenous homes permanently. – Cora Morgan

“We absolutely want more permanent guardianship, and the vast majority of people who take on permanent guardianship is a family member,” he said.

Not providing subsidies to permanent guardians in Manitoba means that “for a lot of people that may take on someone, that is a barrier to basically taking on a lifelong commitment.”

Fielding said courts are already required under law to favour family members in awarding permanent guardianship, so the expanded subsidies should make it more possible that children end up in the culture and language to which they are accustomed.

Fielding is also working on other changes first announced last month, including the launch of customary care, which allows First Nations children to stay in their community in the care of extended family and community leaders.

Preventative supports

The government has also promised to focus more on preventative supports for families to help them before they face apprehension.

A public inquiry report released in 2013 into the death of Phoenix Sinclair urged the government to address the fast-rising number of Indigenous children being taken from their parents.

Two years later, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report called on all governments to provide adequate resources to keep Indigenous families together and, when children are apprehended, ensure they are placed with families where they can maintain ties to their language and culture.Assembly of First Nations National chief says there is a gap in services and programs for Indigenous children on reserves that needs to be immediately addressed. Perry Bellegarde spoke after a demonstration on Parliament Hill.

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How a Facebook lie about Thunder Bay woman killed by trailer hitch spread

(Barbara Kentner/Facebook)

Social-media user who posted fake story about Barbara Kentner admits he was ‘wrong’

Tia Nicholaichuk said she was struck by how quickly the rumours spread on Facebook about Barbara Kentner, the Anishinaabe woman who died this summer after she was struck by a trailer hit thrown from a moving car in northern Ontario.

The 34-year-old social work student from Thunder Bay, Ont. said she was also bothered by the tone of some Facebook comments directed at Kentner after her family announced she was dying and also after her death.

“The lies had been going around for quite a while.” said Nicholaichuk. “There’s been really nasty things being said.”

Kentner, 34, died at about 5 a.m. July 4 in the hospice and palliative care unit of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Thunder Bay. On Jan. 29, at about 1 a.m., she was struck by a trailer hitch thrown from a car on McKenzie St. The impact of the trailer hitch created internal injuries that led to a slow and painful death, according to Kentner’s family.

Earlier this month, the Crown prosecutor announced he was upgrading the charge against Brayden Bushby, 18, to second-degree murder in connection with the trailer hitch incident. Bushby, who turned himself into police shortly after the January incident, was initially charged with aggravated assault.

Tyler Jeffries, 35, from Thunder Bay admitted he was ‘wrong’ about his claims. (Courtesy of Tia Nicholaichuk)

Nicholaichuk said she decided to act after the Crown’s announcement. She noticed a Facebook comment from someone debunking a long-shared lie that Kentner had been previously involved in an assault on a 15-year-old boy that left him with a caved-in eye-socket. Nicholaichuk said she wanted to get to the “bottom of this” and began sifting through posts, primarily from the Real Concerned Citizens of Thunder Bay Facebook group.

“When I sat down and tried to trace this rumour and I kind of put all these screenshots together of misinformation being spread and just outright hate, it was really shocking,” said Nicholaichuk. “The whole story people were basing this on was fabricated. I realized I needed to get the word out there as soon as soon as possible.”

Origins of the fake story

Nicholaichuk provided CBC News with a number of posts she collected, many from the Real Concerned Citizens Facebook group.

It appears the rumour that Kentner had previously assaulted a boy began after a redacted copy of a court document sheet with Kentner’s name was posted on the Thunder Bay Courthouse — Inside Edition Facebook page in February. It claimed Kentner and two other women were facing several charges for allegedly assaulting and intimidating a Crown witness on Nov. 8, 2016. The posted copy had the victim’s name redacted.

CBC News obtained a copy of the original court document and it identified the victim as a woman.

One of the people who supported the story was Thunder Bay resident Tyler Jeffries, who also posted under the name Gregory Lusko. He claimed the boy was a child of a “friend of mine” and that he was “friends with the family.”

The story was repeated by several posters and some continue to believe it.

CBC News contacted Jeffries about his posts. He said he was “wrong” and that he never knew the family of the boy.

Tyler Jeffries says he no longer throws pennies at ‘hookers.’ (Courtesy Tanya Toneguzzi)

“I was bullshitting about that,” said Jeffries, in a telephone interview. “I heard it from a buddy and he heard from a buddy’s buddy.”

Jeffries, who says he has friends from “all ethnicities,” maintained his belief that Kentner was a “monster” because she allegedly intimidated a witness — something that was never proven in court.

“Do I go around throwing pennies at hookers at the age of 35, no, absolutely not,” said Jeffries, who was banned from the Real Concerned Citizens Facebook group.

‘I don’t really care if she was purple’

An eyewitness to the Nov. 8, 2016, incident, which occurred in a park across from the Thunder Bay courthouse, said Kentner did not assault anyone. Holly Papassay, Kentner’s sister-in-law, said she arrived at the park as the melee was unfolding. She said Kentner did nothing more than yell during the incident and she was arrested for simply being friends with one of the women involved.

Papassay said the social media lies and hate have hurt the family.

“Seeing all those posts, and knowing my nephews and my niece, Barb’s daughter, were seeing this was heartbreaking,” said Papassay, in a Facebook conversation with CBC News. “And it angered me…. That’s just sickening and shows how cowardly most of them are, to hide behind a screen and talk trash.”

Tanya Toneguzzi was another Facebook poster who believed Jeffries’ story. Toneguzzi bristled at the suggestion her posts reflect racism.

“I don’t really care if she was purple, it just so happens she was Native,” said Toneguzzi, in a Facebook conversation with CBC News. “If I was ‘ranting’ about a case such as Barbara’s, and the deceased person was Caucasian, do you really think people would be angry with me? No, it wouldn’t matter because the person was Caucasian.”

Tanya Toneguzzi believed the story of the 15-year-old boy. (Courtesy of Tia Nicholaichuk)

Toneguzzi said Bushby has also been bashed on social media.

“I’m sure that a lot of things said on social media hurt Bushby’s family,” she said. “The fact that people are trying to say that this was a ‘hate crime’ is unfair. We don’t even know the true facts in regards to the alleged incident.”

Racist posters blocked

Pino Demasi, one of the moderators of Real Concerned Citizens — which has over 13,000 members — said discussion on the page, while sometimes heated, is generally civil and he’s seen opinions evolve.

“There is a small group of people who are vocal about what they feel,” said Demasi. “I don’t think the comments of a few reflect the actual atmosphere of Thunder Bay. I think they are more of the louder people you see.”

Demasi said there are about 9,000 group members who are from Thunder Bay and the page sees roughly about 1,700 posts and between 60,000 to 100,000 comments a month.

He said the page’s banned poster list is about 2,000 people long and about 1,000 were blocked for racist comments.

“The majority, 30 to 40 per cent, are definitely toward Indigenous people,” said Damssi. “The No. 2 would be towards white people.”

Article By Jorge Barrera, published in CBC News on Nov 18, 2017

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Native American Man Killed during Armed Standoff with Police at Montana Gun Store

SWAT stage outside Big Bear Sports Center (Photo: CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff)

Frank Joey Half Jr was killed by SWAT officers during Big Bear standoff

A Native American man was shot and killed by police in Montana during a 10-hour standoff on the weekend at a Billings sporting goods store that sells firearms and ammunition.

On Monday, The Billings Police Department (BPD) identified the dead man as Frank Joey Half Jr., 30 of Crow Agency.

Frank Joey Half Jr, of Crow Agency killed by police officers

According to media reports, after allegedly attempting to steal ammunition and guns from a Walmart, Half Jr smashed his red sport utility vehicle into the front of the Big Bear Sports Center across the road at about 3 a.m. Saturday and barricaded himself inside.

Law enforcement officers take cover at the front entrance of Big Bear Sports Center.

SWAT used a large armored vehicle, called the Bear, to pull the SUV out of the front entrance and block Half Jr from exiting the store.

Officers deployed multiple non-lethal tactics, such as deploying pepper-spray and the use of an LRAD, which is a device that emits a high pitched screech sound.

Half Jr reportedly fired multiple times in the direction of officers.

Police officers tried to negotiate with Half Jr but all attempts to speak with him resulted in silence and a hang-up.

Around mid-morning, Half Jr appeared at the front of the store and fired a high-powered rifle round into the windshield of the Bear where the negotiator was seated.

The BEAR armored vehicle after it rammed into the front of Big Bear Sports Center.

After multiple exchanges of gunfire with officers, Half Jr was found dead inside the store wearing body armor.

Police were able to access the store’s security cameras and used that footage to help determine that Half Jr was dead.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Police say eight officers fired shots at various times during the standoff and all are on administrative leave.

Those officers are all members of the Billings SWAT Team:

  • Sgt. Harley Cagle, a 14-year veteran.
  • Sgt. Brandon Wooley, a 10-year veteran
  • Sgt. Nate West, a 10-year veteran.
  • Officer Steve Swanson, a 21-year veteran.
  • Officer Tanner Buechler, a 10-year veteran.
  • Officer Daren Haider, an eight-year veteran.
  • Officer Michael Yarina, a seven-year veteran.
  • Officer Ryan Kramer, a three-year veteran.

This is Swanson’s third shooting incident, according to BPD.

An autopsy completed Monday confirmed Half Jr was shot and killed by police officers.

Police had previously been unable to confirm whether his death was self-inflicted.

An investigation into the lengthy standoff is being conducted by the BPD, Police Lt. Neil Lawrence stated in an email to The Billings Gazette Tuesday. No other law enforcement agencies are assisting in the investigation, he said.

The Associated Press reports, the Big Bear store suffered significant damage, including damage to water and gas service as officers tried to clear debris from the front of the store. Half Jr damaged numerous display cases and emptied several fire extinguishers and fired an unknown number of shots inside the building using a handgun, shotgun and rifle.

Big Bear Sports Center after Saturday’s police-involved standoff and shooting. LARRY MAYER, Gazette Staff

Half Jr, who has a lengthy criminal history, had most recently been living in Great Falls where he was in a pre-release program.

Police have not determined a motive for the standoff.

Brayden Bushby Charged With 2nd Degree Murder After Death of Indigenous Woman Hit by Trailer Hitch

Barbara Kentner (Facebook).

Charge upgraded from aggravated assault to second-degree murder

Brayden Bushby, 18, has been charged with second-degree murder after allegedly throwing a trailer hitch from a car that struck an Indigenous woman who later died in hospital.

According to CBC News, Bushby was originally charged with aggravated assault by Thunder Bay police in February. Barbara Kentner, 34, died in July.

Bushby made a brief court appearance Friday morning; afterward, acting Crown Attorney Andrew Sadler confirmed the murder charge.

Bushby, who is in custody, is scheduled for a bail hearing Friday afternoon

He will make another court appearance on Nov. 6.

Details of the case have been subjected to a publication ban.

Nova Scotia RCMP to Offer Eagle Feather Option for Swearing Legal Oaths

In what is being described as a first for the RCMP, the Mounties in Nova Scotia are now offering victims, witnesses and police officers the option to swear legal oaths on an eagle feather, instead of using a Bible or offering an affirmation.

The RCMP say the eagle feather will be used in the same way as a Bible or affirmation, and may also be offered as a source of comfort at local detachments.

A special smudging ceremony was held Monday at Nova Scotia RCMP Headquarters, where the province’s lieutenant governor, Arthur LeBlanc, was joined by provincial Justice Minister Mark Furey and Chief Leroy Denny, on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations.

As part of the ceremony, Indigenous elder Jane Abram of Millbrook First Nations cleansed eagle feathers through a smudging ceremony, and Keptin Donald Julien, executive director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, offered a blessing.

LeBlanc said the use of eagle feathers marks a significant step toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

As the ceremony concluded, eagle feathers were distributed to detachment commanders throughout the province.

“The eagle feather is a powerful symbol and reflects the spirituality and tradition of the Mi’kmaq people,” Furey said in a statement. “I believe the use of the eagle feather is an important step forward in helping our justice system be more responsive and sensitive to Indigenous cultures.”

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Violence Erupts in Courtroom as Victim’s Friend Attacks Killer Sentenced to 15 years

Isaiah Rider pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the October 2015 beating death of Christa Cachene, 26. (Facebook/Instagram)

Isaiah Rider killed Christa Cachene in 2015 after the two got in a fight

Emotions exploded in a violent, dramatic scene in a Calgary courtroom on Wednesday as the man who killed Christa Cachene was attacked by her best friend immediately after being sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Only one sheriff was in the courtroom, guarding Isaiah Rider, as the attacker stormed the prisoner’s box yelling “your court is a f**king joke.”

She got between the two, fending off the attacker, who was identified only as “Josh” by Cachene’s mother. In one motion, the sheriff pulled her baton while shoving Rider into the back cells. She radioed for backup.

“The sheriff did a fantastic job,” said Rider’s lawyer, Balfour Der. “This was a highly volatile situation.”

Outside the courtroom, sheriffs arrived and arrested the man for assault, taking him to the basement cells of the courthouse. Members of Rider’s family who were in the courtroom were taken to the cafeteria to write out witness statements.

“I’m sick to my stomach, I’m worried about his life in jail,” said Rider’s mother, Amanda Kayseas, who was shaking and crying after giving her witness statement.

Calgary police confirmed they have a man in his early 30s in custody who is facing charges of assault and assaulting a peace officer.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Suzanne Bensler had just left the courtroom when the outburst occurred.

“Never seen that before,” said prosecutor Matthew Block. “Emotions were obviously high. It’s obviously not the right way to go about it.”

Nancy Cachene says she’s unhappy with the 15-year sentence her daughter’s killer was handed Wednesday. (Meghan Grant/CBC)

Prosecutors Joe Mercier and Block had proposed an 18-year sentence and that Rider serve at least half of that before being eligible for parole. Rider’s lawyer proposed a 15-year prison term.

“No sentence can reflect the value of [Cachene’s] life,” said Bensler before ruling that Rider would be able to apply for parole after the standard one-third of his sentence.

But Cachene’s family members were disappointed with the prison term.

“It is never going to be enough because she’s not coming back,” said the victim’s mother, Nancy Cachene. “She’s never going to come back.”

In October 2015, Cachene’s father arrived at her home to drop off the 26-year-old woman’s children. When Leslie Whitehead found his daughter’s body at the bottom of her basement stairs, he didn’t recognize her because she had been so badly beaten.

Whitehead died less than two weeks ago, before he could see his daughter’s killer sentenced.

Originally charged with second-degree murder, Rider pleaded guilty to manslaughter in April.

Cachene was hosting a party at her home over the weekend of Oct. 9, 2015. On the Saturday night, Cachene used a small knife to stab Rider in the hand and lower back after a fight broke out between the two. Rider then knocked Cachene to the ground and began to stomp on her chest and head.

Eventually, he threw her down the basement stairs. An autopsy would find Cachene suffered a broken vertebrae, broken rib and perforated liver as well as considerable damage to her spine and neck and internal bleeding.

After Calgary police issued an Alberta-wide warrant for Rider weeks later, the fugitive found himself stranded with a broken-down car on the side of Highway 2. When passersby stopped to help, Rider beat them with a baton. He pleaded guilty to assault and theft of a motor vehicle.

Rider will get three years credit for the time he has already served since his arrest.

Isaiah Rider’s sister and mother are embraced after he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing Christa Cachene in 2015. The family was shaken after Rider was attacked in court by Cachene’s best friend. (Meghan Grant/CBC)

Kayseas said her son is loved and feels remorse. Both she and her own mother, Karen Desjarlais, spoke of the intergenerational trauma suffered by their family’s four generations of residential school survivors.

Desjarlais said she had a “lack of parenting skills,” which she passed on to her daughter.

“There was a lot of addictions that ruined, that had a great impact on how I brought up my girl and how she brought up her son,” said Desjarlais.

His family hopes Cachene’s are in the process of healing.

“We want them to understand we feel their loss. We are so sorry, and there’s nothing that can change this other than to forgive, heal and grow.”

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Oil Pipeline Opponent Uses ‘Necessity Defense’ — What Is It?

Sioux Tribal member and Standing Rock activist Chase Iron Eyes speaks to a packed crowd in the Lawrence A. Bertolini Center at Santa Rosa Junior College April 3. – James Wyatt

An American Indian activist and former U.S. congressional candidate in North Dakota accused of inciting a riot during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline says he’ll seek to present a “necessity defense” — justifying a crime by arguing it prevented a greater harm.

Chase Iron Eyes has pleaded not guilty to inciting a riot and criminal trespassing. He could face more than five years in prison if convicted at trial in February. The pipeline has since begun carrying oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois.

Pipeline protesters who try the necessity defense typically argue that the greater harm is climate change. Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, says he hopes to show that civil disobedience was his only option to resist a pipeline’s incursion on his ancestral lands. The prosecutor in the case didn’t respond to a request for comment. A judge will hear arguments Nov. 3.

WHAT IS THE NECESSITY DEFENSE?

People who use it are trying to show the harm they caused is justified because a greater harm was avoided as a result.

It dates to the late 1800s in England, when two sailors were charged with murder after they stayed alive by killing and eating a third sailor marooned with them in a lifeboat.

IS IT RECOGNIZED BY THE COURTS?

The U.S. Supreme Court has said it’s an “open question” whether federal courts have the authority to recognize a necessity defense not provided by law, according to North Dakota District Court Judge Laurie Fontaine.

Whether the defense is permitted by law in state courts varies, according to University of Mississippi law professor Michael Hoffheimer.

The main argument against the defense is that it gives people who don’t like a particular law the chance to break it and then argue it was excusable.

The main argument in its favor is that there might be special circumstances in which there is a justifiable reason for breaking a law.

HOW IS IT USED NOW?

It is used most frequently in criminal cases — such as drunk driving and marijuana use — in which people argue that what they did was necessary to prevent some greater harm.

In one such case, the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2014 ruled against a woman who challenged the revocation of her driver’s license after she drove while intoxicated to escape her abusive husband.

Defense attorneys also have tried the necessity defense when people illegally use marijuana, arguing that it was needed to treat a health problem. A 1976 District of Columbia court decision in favor of a person suffering from glaucoma was the first in the country to recognize the defense in a marijuana case, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The defense also has been used through the years by abortion clinic protesters. In a high-profile case in 2009, a judge ruled against its use in the trial of Scott Roeder, who confessed to killing an abortion-providing doctor in Kansas but argued it was necessary to save unborn children.

It was first attempted in a U.S. environmental case in 2009 when a climate change activist cited necessity in Utah. Alice Cherry, co-founder of the Climate Defense Project, said it has been used in similar cases in Washington state, New York, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota. The Climate Defense Project even offers an educational guide on using the defense and says this area of the law is “developing rapidly.”

With pipeline protests, demonstrators often point to climate change and environmental damage as the greater harms. Oil pipelines carry fossil fuels, including oil, which release gases that trap heat and contribute to climate change, they argue.

Iron Eyes’ arguments are more complex. He cites an “imminent threat” to his tribe’s water supply because the Dakota Access pipeline goes beneath the Lake Oahe reservoir on the Missouri River, from which the tribe draws its drinking water. He also contends there was an effort by industry, private security and public law enforcement to conduct “an anti-terrorist campaign against Native Americans.”

WHAT MUST BE PROVEN?

Legal experts agree the necessity defense is a long shot.

To succeed, the defendant generally has to persuade the judge or jury that they had no legal alternative to breaking the law. They also must prove they were trying to prevent some imminent harm, and there must be a direct connection between their breaking the law and preventing the harm. Finally, they must prove that breaking the law is less harmful than what would have happened.

HAS IT SUCCEEDED IN ENVIRONMENTAL CASES?

Not often.

In a Minnesota case, Judge Robert Tiffany is allowing four pipeline protesters to use the defense, but he also said they must clear a high legal bar. Tiffany said the defense applies “only in emergency situations where the peril is instant, overwhelming, and leaves no alternative but the conduct in question.” That case is still pending.

A judge in Spokane, Washington, is allowing a 77-year-old Lutheran pastor to use a necessity defense in his upcoming trial stemming from a climate change protest last year. The Rev. George Taylor stood on railroad tracks to protest coal and oil trains that pass through Spokane and their contribution to climate change.

Judges in recent pipeline protest trials in North Dakota, Montana and Washington state have rejected the defense. The Montana judge said he didn’t want to put U.S. energy policy on trial, and the North Dakota judge said a reasonable person couldn’t conclude a direct cause and effect between the defendant’s pipeline protest and climate change.

The Montana case is pending. In the Washington and North Dakota cases, the protesters on trial were allowed to tell jurors of their “state of mind” during the offense, but in both cases were still convicted. In the Washington case, the protester received probation and said he was “heartened, knowing that we are bringing these arguments into the jury system.”

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Human Remains Discovered on Farm in B.C. Region Where Five Women Have Gone Missing

RCMP vehicles are parked at a Salmon Arm property where human remains were discovered.

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen lived at farm where remains found 

Human remains were found on a rural property near Salmon Arm B.C., in an area where several women have gone missing.

According to the Vancouver Sun, the search of a farm by the RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit has been unfolding for several days. Police first arrived at 2290 Salmon River Road on Thursday.

Police were also searching a separate strip of land along Springbend Road, between Salmon Arm and Enderby, in conjunction with the search at the Salmon River Road property.

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen, 36-years-old, the son of the farm’s owners was already under police investigation after a woman was threatened with a firearm following a pre-arranged meeting with the man in August. She was able to escape and call police.

An image of Curtis Sagmoen. -Salmon Arm Observer

Sagmoen, was arrested and released without charges.

On Oct. 13, RCMP issued a warning to the public, specifically to sex workers, in the area.

Sagmoen was re-arrested Friday and was charged with seven offences — including uttering threats and several firearms charges — in connection with the investigation.

According to media reports, Sagmoen, sometimes lived at the Salmon River Rd farm where the remains were found and was previously listed as a co-owner of the property.

On Monday, three kilometres north of the Salmon River Rd farm, officers photographed multiple items roadside before placing them in evidence bags, blocking the items from the view of passing residents.

Several residents joined waiting media roadside during day five of the activity.

By late Monday afternoon, about 20 people from various First Nations gathered for a drum prayer in front of the property.

The news that police found human remains at the site over the weekend follows months of uncertainty and anguish for families of women who have gone missing in the North Okanagan region between Sicamous and Vernon.

CTV News reports, over the past 18 months, at least five women have gone missing in the area. The missing women have been identified as Caitlin Potts, 27, Ashley Simpson, 27, Deanna Wertz, 46, Traci Genereaux, 18, and Nicole Bell, 31.

Police have not described the human remains found at the farm or said whether they are from one or more people. Nor have investigators made any links between the remains and the missing women.

No specific charges have been laid against Sagmoen in connection with the discovery at the farm.

Sagmoen is scheduled to appear in Vernon Provincial Court on Oct. 26.

 

Brother of Indigenous man shot and killed in North Battleford claims RCMP chased wrong car

Brother claims RCMP chased wrong car

The brother of an Indigenous man shot and killed by RCMP during a police chase in North Battleford claims officers were pursuing the wrong car.

“The story of him being a suspect, of chasing a guy, is wrong. It just so happens he was in a white, four-door car in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Landin Blanko told CTV News on Monday.

“He was an innocent man, shot and being blamed for something he didn’t actually do.”

Brydon Whitstone