Sept 5, church leaders in solidarity with families of MMIWG2S, at Camp Morgan, Winnipeg.
Search the Landfill!
At 4:00 PM Central Daylight on September 5, leaders of four major church denominations will join the voices of supporters at Camp Marcedes and Camp Morgan, urging provincial political leaders to give the go-ahead to search the Prairie Green Landfill for the remains of two missing Indigenous women, Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran. Harris has been missing since May 2022, and Myran since March of last year.
Church leaders will be at Camp Morgan, just outside the Brady landfill south of Winnipeg. You are invited to attend, to invite your community of faith, family, friends, and co-workers; and to join in prayer and reflection if you cannot attend in person.
The Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Moderator of the United Church, The Rev. Mary Fontaine, Moderator of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, 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 visit Camp Morgan, at the Brady Landfill outside Winnipeg, in solidarity with those calling for justice and an end to the violence against Indigenous women, children, and Two-Spirit people.
They will add their voices to the families, Indigenous communities, and non-Indigenous Manitobans and Canadians calling for a search of the Prairie Green landfill, and for serious action on the continued epidemic of violence targeting Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit people. More background from the national United Church is available here.
We invite prayer, reflection, and commitments to action from all people everywhere at 4:00PM.
Prayer for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People, by Connor Sarazin, KAIROS, Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation. Please click here.
Adding your own voice
Another very important way to offer your support is to send the Premier and (if you’re in Manitoba) your MLA a message about your concerns. Prairie to Pine offers this letter as one guide, sent from the Executive in support of Indigenous-led calls to search the landfills. However, your own words and concerns, guided by Indigenous community members, are very important. Short phone, email, or written messages expressing your views are the most effective. Consider an ecumenical, interfaith, or community request to meet your MLA to convey your support for the search. More information is at the Prairie To Pine Regional Council website: https://prairietopinerc.ca/national-church-leaders-in-person-call-for-landfill-search/