A Mother’s Murder In An Inuit Village Turned Her Family Into Activists – HuffPost

by ahnationtalk on October 1, 201824 Views

NUNATSIAVUT, N.L. – Deidre Marie Michelin was scared for her life, and so she did what most people do when they need protection. She called the police.

But 25 years ago in the remote Labrador village of Rigolet, an Inuit community cut off from the rest of the world by a vast sea of spruce trees and salt water, calling the police did not usually mean help was coming, at least not immediately. The nearest police officer was in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, about a six-hour snowmobile ride away.

By the time the Royal Canadian Mounted Police could dispatch a plane, Michelin’s partner, Jobe Wolfrey, was long done shooting. The couple’s four children were in their beds when they heard the gunshots. Their father had killed their mother before turning the gun on himself.

Michelin’s murder became a catalyst to bring the RCMP to Rigolet, a former trading post where domestic violence was once a dark secret families kept to themselves. In 2006, 13 years after the young mother was killed, the Canadian national police force finally opened a two-person detachment in the village of 310 people.

Read More: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/09/28/inuit-village-murder-prompts-action-to-deal-with-horrific-stories-of-abuse_a_23545106/

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