Church leaders of the Presbyterian, Anglican, Evangelical Lutheran and United Church in and of Canada have added their voices to a call to search a landfill north of Winnipeg for the remains of two missing Indigenous women, Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran. The Rev. Mary Fontaine, Moderator of the PCC’s 2023 General Assembly, along with the Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Moderator of the United Church, the Rev. Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Most Rev. Chris Harper, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, and the Rev. Canon Dr. Murray Still, Co-Chair of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, will gather in solidarity with those calling for justice and an end to the violence against Indigenous women, children, and Two-Spirit people on September 5 at 4:00 p.m. (CDT) at Camp Morgan, at the Brady Landfill outside Winnipeg. The church leaders are urging Manitoba political leaders to give the go-ahead to search the Prairie Green Landfill for the remains of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran.
What You Can Do
Action # 1: Communities of faith, ministries and individuals in Winnipeg are invited to join the church leaders at Camp Morgan on September 5.
Action # 2: Share this message and add your voice to the call for a search for the remains of the two women, Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran.
Action # 3: Communities of faith, ministries and individuals throughout Canada are invited to support the people in Camps Morgan and Marcedes. More information on how to directly support those holding vigils at the two camps will be shared after consultation with representatives of the camps and the families of the missing women.
For more actions (from Prairie to Pine).
From the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs: Read more about the significance of the camps here. Please note that Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran are not the only Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) from Manitoba. The church leaders support the search for all four women named in the AMC Press Release: Morgan Harris, Marcedes Myran, Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe (Buffalo Woman) and Tanya Nepinak, and all MMIWG2S in Manitoba and across the country.
Related news reports:
CBC Manitoba: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/church-leaders-landfill-search-1.6950423
CBC Manitoba (video): https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2259429955595
Global News: CJOB Winnipeg: https://globalnews.ca/news/9925834/canadian-churches-join-call-manitoba-landfill-search/