Indigenous women have ‘unfinished business’ years after Val d’Or police abuse scandal

"You’re going to protect me, right?”

Adrienne Anichinapéo’s voice trembled as she recounted Cynthia’s plea. Their friendship went back 40 years, to a time when they’d chase each other around the schoolyard and “raise hell” in the woods.

It wasn’t easy growing up in Kitcisakik, a settlement of cabins carved into the boreal forest. Back then, they lived off the land, fishing, hunting and harvesting pelts from traplines that’d been in their families for generations.

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