Families in Saskatchewan and Alberta mourning deaths of two Indigenous women

Families in two provinces are grieving the deaths of two young Indigenous women.

Police said 24-year-old Taya Sinclair of Saskatoon, whose body was discovered Tuesday in Prince Albert, was the victim of a homicide. While police in Lac La Biche, Alta., continue to investigate the sudden death of Tytiana Janvier, 21.

“I don’t want any other parents to go through this. Cause it’s not easy. It’s not an easy thing to go through,” said Tytiana’s mother, Tavia Janvier.

Sinclair’s family was not ready to speak publicly Thursday, but on social media described Taya, a mother of two, as “a granddaughter, a mother, a child and a dearly loved family member and friend.”

Sinclair’s body was found in an area of Prince Albert where snow is dumped. Police said it had been burned. Her family reported her missing on March 12, but Saskatoon police didn’t immediately issue a missing person bulletin.

Janvier’s mother reported Tytiana missing to Lac La Biche RCMP on March 9 after she went into town and didn’t respond to texts. After getting a tip, RCMP found Tytiana’s body in a local residence.

“I keep thinking every day that she’s going to walk through the door, but it’s not going to happen right? I’m not going to be able to bring my baby back,” Tavia told APTN News.

RCMP said they are awaiting the results of an autopsy.

Lac La Biche is about 220 km northeast of Edmonton.

Leanne has a certificate in broadcasting and has more than 12 years of radio news experience, both as an anchor and reporter in Saskatchewan and Alberta. The Métis journalist is a passionate writer and born storyteller and loves to connect with people and learn about their life experiences.

Video Journalist / Edmonton

Chris Stewart has been in the media for 20 years. He has worked at CBC, Global and CTV as a news camera operator and editor. Chris joined APTN in 2012 in the Saskatoon Bureau and moved to APTN Edmonton bureau in 2015 as a Videojournalist.