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Story of Sabrina Polchies

Sabrina Polchies, a Mi’kmaw woman from Elsipogtog First Nation, is remembered “as a loving, compassionate young woman.”

She moved to Moncton to start a new life, but was found deceased in Salisbury only four days later.

Polchies made a distressed call to her mother — Mary Agnes Polchies — on July 2, 2010. Her mother insists that she made multiple calls to the police: one immediately after Sabrina’s call, one on July 3, and again on July 4.

Her body was found on July 5, 2010. Foul play was ruled out by July 9, 2010.

“Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett commented on Thursday that the cases highlighted in the investigation show a pattern.

Bennett expressed that the pattern of “no foul play” found in so many aboriginal women’s deaths is worthy of assessment.

‘I think it is a teachable moment for policing across this country to really look at the kinds of assumptions that are being made, the kinds of decisions that are being taken based on assumptions instead of based on fact,’ she said.”