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July 2, 2019

Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MBManitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is remembering the late Christine Wood today as her killer is sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.

“No sentence will ever be enough to compensate for the horrific loss of this intelligent, young First Nations woman,” stated Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “I want to once again express and extend my deepest condolences to the Wood family on the loss of their daughter. I hope this sentence brings some closure and I pray the family can find some healing in their ongoing journey of grieving their daughter.”

MKO continues to focus on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). We have developed a Liaison Unit for MMIWG, which has been instrumental in providing supports and connecting impacted families and survivors to additional resources in a culturally appropriate and safe manner.

“We need to work to honour the memory of Christine Wood,” said Grand Chief Settee. “Let us remember what she went through and how hard her family worked to find her as they searched for answers. Let us continue to work together in implementing the Calls to Justice from the Final Report of the National Inquiry into MMIWG. I urge all leaders and Manitoba residents to do what they can to create a safer province for our Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit people. We are all part of the solution, let’s work together collectively.”