In their own words: family member of missing or murdered Indigenous women and men speak

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Regina Poitras, mother of Happy Charles

Regina Poitras, mother of missing Indigenous woman Happy Charles, is pictured outside P.A. City Hall on June 29 (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)


On the march: “It means bringing awareness to the missing and murdered women and men.”

On the community support: “They’ve really helped us.”

On the Thursday night vigil: “It’s to bring awareness to more people of her being missing and to help us search for her, to find out where she went.”

On the search for Happy Charles: “There are no leads. There have been a few false leads. We’re continuing to follow up on every lead we get. She’s been missing since April 3. She always contacted us. Our pact was that she would always contact us and she always did. This time she didn’t. Has anyone seen her? Please come forward if you have. Somebody out there knows something.”


Michelle Burns – sister of Monica Lee Burns

Michelle Burns poses with a photo of herself and her sister, Monica Lee Burns. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

On the fate of her sister: “She was murdered two years ago a left on the side of a skidoo trail

On what the march means to her: “Awareness”

On what is being done for missing and murdered people: “We could do more”

On her life since her sister was killed: “I do what I can. I have her daughter. I have to be good in my home and help other people so she won’t follow in her footsteps.”


Debbie Baptiste, mother of Colten Boushie

Debbie Baptiste, mother of Colten Boushie, pictured at Prince Albert City Hall on June 29 for a walk honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and men. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

On what this march means to her: “it feels hopeful that people are finally waking up and seeing the reality of this. I feel very honoured to be here, and I feel very proud that we’re pulling together as a nation to let people know that this issue needs to be taken care of, and that it’s not going away. The more people we gather together, the louder our voices will be.”