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CAP ecstatic to learn justice may be coming for Indigenous women wrongfully convicted of murder
June 2, 2022 Ottawa, ON
CAP is thrilled to learn Nerissa and Odelia Quewezance may soon be free after spending 30 years behind bars for a murder they did not commit. It was revealed today that Justice Minister David Lametti’s office sent a letter to the women’s lawyer James Lockyer saying “ there may be a reasonable basis to conclude that a miscarriage of justice likely occurred in this matter.”
In 1993 Canada’s justice system wrongfully convicted Odelia and Nerissa Quewezance of murder. Their cousin, who was 14 at the time, has repeatedly confessed to the crime. Racism, residential schools, a biased justice system and police all contributed to this monumental failure.
“This is exciting news that after 30 years of a colossal injustice, the women are on step closer to freedom,” says CAP National Vice-Chief Kim Beaudin. “It’s very symbolic the news comes on the same day Odelia travelled to Ottawa to plead her case directly to the Justice Minister. It must be fate.”
The matter should now proceed to the investigation stage of the conviction review process while the women’s lawyer must apply for bail.
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The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve. Today, over 80% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.