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Monday May 16, 2022

CAP mourns the passing of justice champion David Milgaard 

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is deeply saddened by the news of David Milgaard’s passing. Milgaard was a devoted advocate for those wronged by the Canadian justice system. He spent 23 years behind bars for a rape and murder he did not commit. The faith and strength he showed at the worst of times is an inspiring story that continues to drive advocates for those unfairly targeted.  

Milgaard was a strong supporter of Odelia and Nerissa Quewezance – two Indigenous women who were also wrongfully convicted of murder. His devotion to—and support for—the sisters has helped expose their innocence. 

“David’s support for Indigenous People struggling within the Canadian justice system will not be forgotten,” says CAP National Vice Chief Kim Beaudin. “His work to help the Quewezance sisters has helped bring them closer to finding justice.” 

The Congress hopes Milgaard’s legacy will continue to give hope to those wrongfully convicted and systematically targeted. 

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Media Contact: 
Nigel Newlove 
Director of Media Relations  
n.newlove@abo-peoples.org    
613.286.9828 

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.