An Indigenous-led committee tasked with determining whether it is possible to salvage the remains of two First Nations women from a landfill says no waste has been deposited in an area of interest since last summer.
Team members met with the landfill owner of Prairie Green earlier this month to discuss the status of operations at the private landfill site just outside of Winnipeg.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says in a statement that no additional material has been deposited in the landfill cell that police have designated as an area of interest since June, meaning there are fewer waste to be removed if a search is carried out.
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Police said they would not search the dump for the remains of Morgan Harris and Marcedes Myran, citing the passage of time and a large volume of material deposited at the site.
Police have charged Jeremy Skibicki with first degree murder in the deaths of Harris, Myran, Rebecca Contois and an unidentified woman, whom Native leaders have named Buffalo Woman.
The partial remains of Contois were found in June in a separate municipal landfill.
The committee has submitted a funding proposal to the federal government for the feasibility study and expects it to be completed by the end of March.
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