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‘I’m angry at the community’: Family says community, police silent following Cree mother’s death – APTN News

March 12, 2018

Silas Blackned remembers how his mother made him wear suits for church every Sunday, even though no other boy his age dressed up.

He remembers breaking her cigarettes because he wanted her to stop smoking.

But those are among his few memories of Rose-Ann Blackned. He was only five years old when the family buried the young mother from the small family Cree community of Nemaska in Quebec almost 27 years ago.

“It’s pretty hard when it’s Mother’s Day, her birthday and the day that she died. That’s when I think of her a lot,” said Silas, during the first day of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry in Montreal on Monday.

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