Manitoba Premier to meet with women’s families to talk about landfill search

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s recently elected premier is set to meet with the families of two slain First Nations women whose remains are believed to be in a Winnipeg-area landfill.

Wab Kinew is expected to meet with the families of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran in what he calls a first step in resetting the relationship between the families and the provincial government.

Before forming government last week, Kinew said a New Democrat government would search the Prairie Green Landfill for the women’s remains but stopped short of providing a funding commitment.

Former premier Heather Stefanson and the previous Progressive Conservative government opposed a search of the landfill, citing safety concerns, and highlighted their refusal during the provincial election campaign.

Jeremy Skibicki has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Harris and Myran.

He also faces the same charges in the deaths of Rebecca Contois, whose partial remains were discovered in a different landfill last year, and an unidentified woman, whose remains have not been found.

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