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N.S. RCMP to provide update in 2018 death of Indigenous woman Cassidy Bernard

HALIFAX — It appears there may be a development in the investigation into the suspicious death over a year ago of a young Nova Scotia Indigenous woman.
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HALIFAX — It appears there may be a development in the investigation into the suspicious death over a year ago of a young Nova Scotia Indigenous woman.

RCMP have issued an advisory saying they will provide an update Tuesday on the death of a 22-year-old Waycobah woman that was reported on Oct. 24, 2018.

The statement doesn't name Cassidy Bernard, however the woman's body was found on that date in her home on the Cape Breton reserve.

Her twin five-and-a-half months old girls were found suffering from dehydration in a crib next to their mother.

The Mounties wouldn't confirm that an arrest has been made in the case, and to date they've said little about it, except that they believe Bernard's death wasn't a random act and their investigation could take a long time.

The update is scheduled for the Waycobah First Nation Community Hall at 11 a.m.

Relatives and supporters of the family have waged a campaign to get justice for Bernard.

Hundreds of marchers blocked the Canso Causeway connecting Cape Breton to mainland Nova Scotia in November 2018 to raise awareness about what Waycobah Chief Rod Googoo has described as a murder.

In April of this year, Bernard's relatives also met briefly with Premier Stephen McNeil and other members of the legislature to draw attention to the case.

The We'koqma'q band council has offered a $100,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2019.

 

The Canadian Press




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