Author Topic: Hillary Angel Wilson | Murdered - discovered August 20, 2009 | Winnipeg  (Read 9047 times)


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National Post story.  Click link for more of the story:

Police not saying if women's deaths linked

Task Force Urged

Aldo Santin And Matt Preprost, National Post 
Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Six weeks before her body was found on Thursday just outside Winnipeg, 18-year-old Hillary Angel Wilson wrote a tribute on a Facebook memorial to her friend Cherisse Houle, found dead in a creek outside the city last month.

Police aren't saying whether the deaths of the two young aboriginal women are connected.

In fact, they're not saying much at all about the death of Ms. Wilson, though RCMP are calling it a homicide.

RCMP and city police have not released the results of an autopsy performed on Ms. Wilson on Saturday, and have issued no personal details other than her name.

Ms. Wilson had been friends with 17-year-old Ms. Houle, whose body was found on July 2 in a creek in the rural community of Rosser, about 25 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg. RCMP say they still don't know how Ms. Houle died and her death has not been ruled a homicide.

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Re: Hillary Angel Wilson | Murdered - discovered August 20, 2009 | Winnipeg
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2009, 06:52:13 AM »
Unfortunately, the poster you quoted is pretty close to the what I see as the truth of the 'residential school' affect.  Of course, it is not all about residential schools, but that has come to represent the severe disconnect that has happened to many, many FN communities due to the mishandling of affairs by the Canadian government over the past 150 years.  This phenomenon is not limited to Canada.

There many people who have reconnected and are helping others to reconnect as well.  But, because there are new (in a relative way) power structures still in place in FN communities, reconnection is slow and sometimes very contentious.  Sometimes violent.  It will take another generation or two to repair most of the damage - where that damage can be repaired.  In other cases, the loss of language and culture is so great there might never be a reconnection.

There is good news in all of this.  There is work being done and appropriate programs being designed from within that can address the problems in a good way - meaning appropriate and culturally relevant.  if you get a chance to support one of those programs, please do.


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Re: Hillary Angel Wilson | Murdered - discovered August 20, 2009 | Winnipeg
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2010, 02:12:11 PM »

Just noted a few more details from this report,  that may be helpful.     
Teen's murder remains unsolved one year after killing

Hillary Wilson's death in August 2009 remains unsolved.

The family of Hillary Wilson, 18, is preparing for a somber anniversary with Aug. 20 marking one year since her body was found. The case remains unsolved.

"I know whoever hit her, hit her really hard and there were a lot of bruises on her," said Gwen Wilson, Hillary's mother.

Hillary was last seen alive standing by a payphone near McKenzie Street and Selkirk Avenue.

Her body was discovered in a field near the north Perimeter Highway and Lagimodiere Boulevard.

Wilson's mother believes people know what went wrong that night but are not coming forward.

"I'd like her friends to be honest with police and not to hide anything. They should tell the truth," said Gwen Wilson.

The family is still struggling to deal with the death.

Hillary's body was found on the same day as her brother Dino's birthday.

"I think about her each and every day," said Dino Wilson.

"I know sometimes that her spirit is here. I sense it a lot," said Gwen Wilson.

The family has been putting up posters along Selkirk Avenue and McKenzie Street, in the area where Hillary was last seen alive.

Every time they put up posters, however, someone tears them down.

"We are trying to find out who did this to Hillary and all our efforts are in vain because someone keeps ruining it," said Gwen Wilson.

The family is planning to hold a memorial walk for Hillary on Friday. It begins at 5:30 p.m. at McKenzie Street and Selkirk Avenue and ends at the legislative building with a candle-light vigil.

The RCMP serious and major crime units continue to investigate her death.

Officers ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

- with a report from CTV's Stacey Ashley


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Re: Hillary Angel Wilson | Murdered - discovered August 20, 2009 | Winnipeg
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2011, 01:33:43 AM »
and there are suspicions that a serial killer is at work.

But police say there is no evidence to indicate a link between any of the unsolved murders.

A Vancouver-based activist said Sunday she believes there is a chasm between municpal police forces in western canada and the RCMP, and that Manitoba needs to create a task force to investigate murdered and missing aboriginal women.

Angela Marie McDougall, executive director of the Battered Women's Support Services, said Wilson and Houle join a long list of unsolved murders of aboriginal women in Manitoba.

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results," MacDougall said of the police investigations. "They (police) are woeful in their work to this point."

MacDougall, who travelled across the prairie provinces earlier this month calling on the provincial governments to set up task forces to investigate those unsolved cases, said that community groups here told her that they have lost faith in the ability of the RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service.

"The police (RCMP and Winnipeg Police Service) have lost all credibility with advocates and sex trade workers and the aboriginal community," MacDougall said.

Municipal forces across the west are frequently at odds with the RCMP, she said, adding this strained relationship is allowing murders to go unsolved.

She said it's obvious why the bodies of young Winnipeg women are found outside the city limits, where the RCMP have jurisdiction.

MacDougall said it's been a scenario that's played out regularly across the west.

"It was in Saskatoon, it was in Regina, it was in Edmonton, it was in Calgary," MacDougall said. "Everybody talked about that. They weren't working well together."

MacDougall said the high number of unsolved murders cries out for a joint task force in Manitoba, but cautioned that it will only be successful when the RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service agree to work together with the necessary resourses.

"It is past time for Manitoba -- the RCMP and Winnipeg -- to develop a missing and murdered women's task force and to ... recognize that aboriginal women are being murdered and to take that very seriously and to put the resources necessary to carry out investigations and to seek justice," MacDougall said.

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