Survey on aboriginal women: “And the footsteps stopped there”

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Anne-Marie Jordan

More than sixty years after the death of Anne-Marie Jordan, the national Survey of women and girls missing and murdered aboriginal (ENFFADA) attempts to elucidate the mystery, and calls for the investigation report from the RCMP, that the family has never been able to get in.

 

“When I saw that in the national Survey, came to Quebec, I was happy and I signed up quickly, I’m told that you were going may be able to obtain the investigation report “, has launched Denise Fountain, the daughter of the disappeared, at the end of his testimony Tuesday morning.

 

“We have the ability to make that request and we’ll do it,” replied the commissioner québécoise Michèle Audette. A summons has already been sent, confirmed the lawyer of the commission, Fanny Wylde.

 

“I don’t know if you’re going to have all the answers, but we will try… Together “, was re-launched, full of empathy, the commissioner Michèle Audette.

 

“I’m so happy, the fact that we have to do something, finally, it is so important to us. We need to have answers to fill the void that dwells in us for all these years “, thanked the orphan, the tears in his eyes, convinced that her mother was murdered.

 

Traces in the snow

 

Denise Fountain was 3 years old when her mother, Anne-Marie Jordan, disappeared in November 1958. The young mother of three children, aged 24 years, was a party to check the traps beavers on the territory of the innu community, near the lake of Sainte-Anne on the Côte-Nord. It was accompanied by a youth of 12 years.

 

They were surprised by a major snow storm. And when at the end of the day they are not returned to the camp, we quickly organized a search to find them. It was his father, a trapper, who led the research.

 

“Trappers know how to find the tracks, they know the territory. They found the child frozen under a tree, he wore the coat and the gloves of my mother, ” said Ms. Fontaine.

 

“They have also found traces of my mother near the trail to go to the camp of the loggers non-aboriginal. And the footsteps stopped there, as if my mother was gone. My great-grandfather was concluded that the loggers had onboard, because all we could see was the tracks of the sleigh and horses. “

 

The Innu wished to continue their research around the camp, but the loggers refused to let them enter. “My grand-father did not insist, he was afraid of reprisals on the part of non-aboriginal people, and he didn’t want to create confrontations. “

 

A police officer of the RCMP would have been seen during the search in the camp of the woodcutters. But nobody ever knew what he had found.” Why there has never been a report ? And who owned the company ? ” asks Denise Fountain.

 

Adoption

 

Following the death of their mother, the three children were adopted. Denise and her brother in the community ; their sister Jeanne-D’arc, she, has been sent to the nursery of the Betsiamites. The two sisters ended almost 30 years later, in 1985.

 

“I’m 60 years old, and I’m still suffering, I have a pain in my soul, tells Jeanne-D’arc Vollant, who looks “like two drops of water” to his mother who has gone missing. We live with this void in our head. And it hurts because these are only worst-case scenarios. She was sexually assaulted and murdered ? Sometimes, we also imagine a positive scenario. If you knew the number of times that I have wished for his return. Will we know the truth one day ? “

 

Expulsion

 

In the afternoon, the commission began hearing the testimonies of the Innu of Saint-Augustin on the deportation to the territory of The Roman in the 1960s, the long walk back to hungry families, the rape of several women of the community by the missionary, and the disappearance of the children sent to the hospital in Blanc-Sablon and buried in a place unknown to the families.

 

The testimonies will continue throughout the week in Maliotenam, on quebec’s North Shore.

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