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Community mourns after MURDER of 15 year old Roderica Ribbonleg

July 16, 2020
Alberta

Community members close to Roderica Ribbonleg are mourning after her body was found yesterday in Northern Alberta. The police say her death was “suspicious” and indicated it was likely due to homicide. Her clothes were found in the woods by a resident. Subsequently, the police were alerted, and the gruesome discovery was made after searching the area.

Teacher – Lloyd G Chubb – described his former student as a nice girl, and recounted memories of when he was her teacher.

[She was} outgoing, very kind and loving. She always came to my desk every morning to say, “Good morning Mr Chubb..Have a wonderful day”. She was gone way too soon.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/lloydg.chubb.5/posts/602942033983927
Roderica’s community circulated this image on social media in hopes of finding her

This case has opened old wounds, as Roderica Ribbonleg was not the first Indigenous woman in Canada to be found dead under suspicious circumstances. Calls to investigate missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada have been increasing in recent years, and this case is a perfect example of why those calls exist.

Other suspicious deaths in Northern Alberta

In 2019, William Tremblay, an Indigenous man, was found in a burnt our trailer in Northern Alberta. To date, nobody has been charged with his murder, and the case remains unsolved. His friends remembered him as someone who made them laugh and said he will be missed.

Conklin man found dead in smouldering trailer recalled as talented ...
William Tremblay’s murder has never been solved

in 2016, Alannah Cardinal, an Indigenous mother, was found dead in Northern Alberta. The police ruled it a suicide, but her family believes she was murdered, and stated she would have wanted to take care of her young child. Alannah Cardinal was only 20 years old when her remains were found, and she was accepted into college weeks before her sudden disappearance.

The Death of Alannah Jamima Cardinal – Stories of the Unsolved
Alannah Cardinal was only 20 years old when her remains were found

Increasing calls for action from Parliament

The Canadian Department of Justice lists some disturbing facts about Missing and Murdered Indigenous women in Canada.

In 1980, Indigenous women accounted for 9% (18) of female homicide victims, whereas in 2014, they accounted for 21% (30) of female homicide victims. In 2014, the rate of homicide of Indigenous women (3.64 per 100,000) was almost six times higher than non-Indigenous women

Source: https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/jr/jf-pf/2017/july04.html

Despite Canada’s system of colonization being labelled a “genocide” against Indigenous women and girls by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Indigenous leaders complain Ottawa is not doing enough to solve the problem.

$53.8 million was spent on the inquiry, which sent researchers from coast to coast. After the inquiry was completed in 2019, Ottawa appears to have dragged its feet on following up with the recommendations released in the report.

Roderica Ribbonleg‘s unsolved murder will likely exacerbate tensions between the Indigenous people and Ottawa, as well as further calls to follow the recommendations that the Federal Government appears to be ignoring.

Next Steps

Anyone with information about Roderica’s murder is urged to call the RCMP at 1-780-927-3258 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous reports can be made online, for those who prefer that method.

Concerned Canadians can share articles like this to friends and family on Facebook, Reddit, and Whatsapp. The hashtags #JusticeForRoderica and #MMIWG can be used frequently on Twitter and Instagram.

Carolyn Bennett – Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations – can be reached at carolyn.bennett@parl.gc.ca . Marc Miller – Minister of Indigenous Services – can be reached at Marc.Miller@parl.gc.ca .

Article by: Mark Slapinski

5 Comments

  1. Glenda Cruikshank-Kirk

    Just like so many people in Canada — but it seems Indigenous think they are more important than any other race. That is indigenous Supremacist thinking and quite divisive. I have no patience or regard for their thinking that they are the only only ones who go Missing and or murdered. There is a 13 year old who is very dear to me who went missing and murdered and guess who did it?? Also a woman we all think of everyday who went MM and last seen chatting with a — guess who?? This is only two of many Whites and other than Aboriginals who have gone MM.

    • Linda

      Here`s your mistake. You may say that you believe that Indigenous people believe they are more important but you may not state what another thinks or believes. You don`t get to speak for them anymore. Your “it seems” is invalid, as is your version of Supremacy in the face of past and present Indigenous issues, as well as your so called impatience and regard. I have no patience for denial in regards to others pain.

  2. David Whitehead

    So the rate of murder of Indigenous women is 6x that of non Indigenous? Gee, I wonder who’s killing them?

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