Shirley McLeanAPTN National NewsA Yukon mother who lost her daughter 10 years ago now joins her on the list of the murdered and missing Indigenous women as Whitehorse RCMP investigate a double homicide of two First Nation women.Police said Sarah MacIntosh, 53, a member of Kwanlin Dün First Nation, and Wendy Margaret Carlick, 51, from the Kaska Nation were found together in the same home.Elaine Shorty lives in McIntyre and has known MacIntosh since they were children.She said it’s devastating and tragic news.“Sarah had a heart of gold and a soft soul, she would never hurt anybody and it’s really shocking,” she said. “Especially Wendy, her daughter was murdered and that’s unsolved almost 10 years ago.”Sarah MacIntosh.A hiker found the body of 19-year-old Angel Carlick in a shallow grave in a rural subdivision outside of Whitehorse in November 2007 six months after she went missing from downtown Whitehorse and just days before her high school graduation.In an interview with APTN during the annual sisters in spirit march held every year on October 4th, Wendy Carlick wore white in honour of her daughter“Everyday I think of my daughter so I want to be dressed in white for Angel for the angel that she is,” she said.Angel Carlick’s death laid heavy on her mother. She would get yearly updates in April from the police.Tributes have sprung up around the city in memory of the slain women and the First Nation has a sacred fire burning in the community for members to gather and pray.Whitehorse RCMP isn’t releasing any more details as they continue to investigate this scene and another suspicious death.Greg Alvin Dawson, 45, also from the Kwanlin Dun First Nation was found in a Whitehorse home on April 6.According to police, foul play could not be ruled out in his death.Elaine Shorty says she’s fearful for her community“The reality is that our community is unsafe and why is it unsafe i don’t’ know it’s been really quiet it’s been very quiet at night, normally you would see people wandering the streets but it’s quiet,” she said. “I think people are really afraid. It’s devastating you don’t’ even see the street people out and who wants to live like that.”RCMP say the public is not at [email protected]
Nation to NationIt’s now a day after Jody Wilson-Raybould bombshell testimony at the federal justice committee Wednesday in Ottawa.It was the first time she was able to speak openly after weeks of a scandal that never went away.Wilson-Raybould testified Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his staff applied sustained pressure to intervene in the bribery case of SNC-Lavalin.She refused, and believes that’s why she was shuffled from justice minister and attorney general to veteran’s affairs before she finally resigned from cabinet.Trudeau said he “completely disagreed” with Wilson-Raybould later Wednesday night.So we asked our political panel if they believed her?“My view in this is immaterial,” said Marc Miller, the parliamentary secretary to Crown-Indigenous Relations.Then Miller said he believed Trudeau.“I believe the prime minister acted as he should of and vigorous conversations should have happened between the prime minister and the attorney general.”He also said Wilson-Raybould said no laws were broken and she wasn’t directed.The Conservative Indigenous affairs critic said anyone who even read her testimony believed the former attorney general.“There is without question in my mind,” she indicated. “She was subjected to severe and ongoing pressure,” said Cathy McLeod.Wilson-Raybould also said the pressure included veiled threats from Trudeau, his senior staff, the top public servant and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office to halt a criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant.She told the committee she was “hounded” to end the prosecution for months after the director of public prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel, had rejected the idea of negotiating a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin and long after she had unequivocally declared that she would not direct Roussel to reverse her decision.“For a period of approximately four months, between September and December of 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada,” she told the committee.Speaking at an event in St. Hubert, Que. Wednesday evening, Trudeau denied any wrongdoing.“I strongly maintain, as I have from the beginning, that I and my staff have always acted appropriately and professionally. I therefore completely disagree with the former attorney general’s characterization of events.”Pressed by reporters on details contained in Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, Trudeau said he had not yet had a chance to listen to it in its entirety.NDP MP Niki Ashton said on Nation to Nation that she was shocked by the testimony.“I admire her tremendously,” said Ashton. “Partisanship aside, this is a strong woman, a strong Indigenous woman, a trailblazer who yesterday spoke her truth.”[email protected]– with APTN News files.