Vigil held for young woman brutally slain on small Manitoba First Nation

Vigil held for young woman slain on Sagkeeng

SAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. — A sombre candlelight vigil has been held in honour of a 19-year-old woman slain on a small Manitoba First Nation.

Two girls, aged 16 and 17, are charged with second-degree murder in the death of Serena McKay of Powerview, Man., on the weekend at the Sagkeeng First Nation, 120 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

Light snow gentled drifted down Thursday evening as dozens gathered at the reserve’s pow-wow grounds.

Earlier in the day, a group of women walked through the community smudging it with sacred medicine to cleanse it of negative feelings.

Organizer Alma Kakikepinace told CTV Winnipeg that other vigils are being held across the country, including in Winnipeg and Montreal.

She said many people don’t know how to deal with the brutality of the death of the young woman, who was to graduate this year from the local high school.

“We need to stand together on this,” said Kakikepinace. “We need to stop the hating. Yes, part of grieving is anger, part of grieving is sadness, but there are many other ways to heal from that. We’re offering one way, if people would like it.”

Brenda Bell, of Pine Falls, Man., was one of those in attendance at the vigil. She called it a “beautiful ceremony” with a lot of tears.

“You can just feel the hurt and pain within everyone, especially the families,” she said in a posting on the vigil’s Facebook page. “What a beautiful idea, ladies, to hold a vigil. It lifted so much of the hurt and pain in my heart and it felt so good to give her families some support.”

Social media has played a large role in the incident and its afermath.

On Thursday, Facebook said it has removed a graphic video showing a vicious attack on a young woman believed to be McKay.

A spokesperson said Facebook was also working with law enforcement, after the RCMP said it was aware of the video and was reviewing it to determine if it’s relevant to their investigation.

Meanwhile, the names and photographs of the accused have also begun to circulate on social media, even though their identities are legally protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)

 

The Canadian Press

Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Reward offered for return of Kelowna puppy

An 11-week-old boxer-mastiff cross pup was allegedly taken from its Friday, Sept. 18

Spoken word virtuoso performs at Creekside Theatre in 2020

Tickets go on sale December 18 for spoken word artist Shane Kayzcan

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

Woman refused entry after refusing to wear mask at store in Kelowna mall

The woman filmed the encounter at LUSH Cosmetics, where wearing a mask in-store is company policy

Smoky skies clearing throughout B.C. Interior

Environment Canada expects “widespread” improvement for all affected areas by Sunday

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

‘This is a very difficult sentencing’; Judge delays Okanagan manslaughter trial to next week

The courts heard Friday that Bourque “did not intend to cause harm” but that her actions were “reckless”

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Most Read