Three friends in two weeks’: Indigenous women’s deaths ‘unbearable’ – Montreal Gazette

January 30, 2019

All three struggled with addiction and homelessness. One tried to get into rehab, but a spot never materialized.

They shuffled in from the cold at dusk; stomping their snow-crusted boots while they entered the church basement.

Some hid their tears behind sullen looks or simply avoided making eye contact with the other mourners. In a few minutes, the Open Door shelter would hold yet another funeral for a young Indigenous woman.

“I lost three friends in two weeks,” said Lois Lafferty. “It’s unbearable.”

That afternoon, Lafferty said goodbye to her “little sister” Crystal Einish — a Cree woman who spent her final months drifting in and out of street life.

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