Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Mba-Missing-Woman)

Relatives and friends of a slain indigenous woman from northern Manitoba have held a vigil in a field just outside Winnipeg where her body was found.

Christine Wood from the Oxford House First Nation was 21 when she disappeared in August while she and her parents were in the city to help a relative with medical appointments.

Wood's body was found last week by a farmer inspecting his crops. Brett Overby had been charged in April with second-degree murder in her death.

About 50 people gathered for yesterday's vigil, which included a smudging ceremony, prayers and a spiritual song. (CTV Winnipeg)

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(Mba-Coma-Lawsuit)

A Winnipeg man who was in a coma for a month after being assaulted is suing Manitoba's public guardian after waking up to find everything he owned was gone.

Marcel Blanchette has filed a statement of claim against the government agency, alleging it gave control and ownership of his personal possessions to his landlord, who he alleges gave them to a charity and were sold.

The public guardian and trustee says in statement of defence it exercised care, skill and prudence in making the decision which was reasonable under the circumstances.

Blanchette, who worked as a computer programmer, says he doesn't remember the attack in December 2014 which left him with a fractured skull, a broken nose, orbital fractures, and bleeding in the brain. (CTV Winnipeg)

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(Sask-Suspicious-Fire)

A fire on the Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan has dealt a blow to the reserve's powwow planning.

Community members estimate half of a large arbour, which held an announcer's stand and provided shelter during powwows, is damaged after parts of the structure burned down on Sunday night.

Long-time resident Lerenda Asapace witnessed the firefighting efforts of dozens of people, some who pulled bleachers away before they became fuel for the blaze.

Asapace says the community is working to get the arbour functional in time for its annual powwow, which runs from July 18th to 20th. …

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