Human remains found near Quesnel identified A 50-year-old man who suffered a neck wound on July 27 in Terrace, has died, turning the incident into Terrace’s first murder of the year. He succumbed to his injury yesterday afternoon. The man had suffered a severe stab wound to his neck. “We believe that there are witnesses to this incident that have yet to come forward. If you have any information, even a small piece, we need to hear from you,” said Sgt Mike Robinson, Operations Support NCO Terrace RCMP. The Terrace General Investigation Section continues to move forward with the investigation assisted by the North District Major Crime Unit and the Terrace Crime Reduction Unit. If you have information about this crime contact the Terrace RCMP at (250)638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at www.terracecrimestoppers.ca or by texting keyword TERRACE followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Man presumed drowned at Arthur Lake On July 31 at 8:38 p.m. the Vanderhoof RCMP received a report of a possible drowning that occurred at Arthur Lake which is approximately a 45-minute drive south of Vanderhoof. Two individuals were believed to be fishing on Arthur Lake near Finger Lake when the boat they were in capsized. Only one of the two is believed to have made it to shore where he flagged down a motorist who was able to call police. Vanderhoof and Terrace Search and Rescue are engaged and are searching the shores and lake using sonar. Since the investigation and search are still ongoing, no further information will be released at this time. Fisherman drowns near Xatsull On July 31, 2016 at 1:48 a.m. the Williams Lake RCMP received a report that a 35-year-old Deep Creek man, who was fishing at the Xats Ull Herritage Site Road area, slipped and fell into the Fraser River. An extensive ground, air, and river search was conducted but the missing man was not located. The file remains active and ongoing.
Briefing Room
Nathan Cullen praised yesterday's launch of the federal inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. However, the Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP also voiced some concerns about the inquiry. “We heard the good news today that addressing the root causes of violence will be a key task of the inquiry, just as it was a key finding in the 2006 Highway of Tears Symposium recommendations that were driven by Ramona Wilson’s mother and sister and family members of other missing and murdered women along Hwy 16,” Cullen said from Terrace yesterday. “Requiring the MMIW inquiry to thoroughly unpack the deeply rooted challenges that underlie and sustain violence against aboriginal women and girls, from racism to poverty and everything in between, is absolutely a step in the right direction to bring justice to past victims and put future generations on the path to a safer future.” Cullen noted the 2006 symposium findings that poverty, often intergenerational, is the most significant contributing factor for many of the aboriginal women hitchhiking on Hwy 16.  The symposium report notes the percentage of families living at, or below, the poverty line in First Nations communities is disproportionately higher than any other population segment in Canadian society. “Of key concern, however, is the fact the MMIW inquiry doesn’t appear to identify a direct role for the provinces and territories, despite underlying problems in provincially-regulated police and child welfare services that can actually increase the risks of violence to already vulnerable Indigenous women and children,” Cullen said. Other concerns, also expressed today by women’s groups and social service providers, are the narrow focus of the inquiry and limited trauma and support services to victims, families and witnesses expected to testify at the inquiry. Cullen will continue to work with the families of Highway 16 victims of violence to hold the federal inquiry to account, deliver justice to victims, and secure a safer future for Indigenous women and girls. The MMIW inquiry launched today will begin Sept. 1 and run until Dec. 31, 2018, at an estimated cost of $53.8 million. In 2014, the RCMP found nearly 1,200 documented cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls between 1980 and 2012, a number police said exceeded previous estimates. Neither Prince George area Conservative MP Bob Zimmer or Todd Doherty have issued statements on the inquiry.
Cullen has praise, concerns for inquiry
We heard some good news today that addressing the root causes of violence will be a key task of the inquiry. -Nathan Cullen