The families of a 24-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl from the Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan continue to speak out on the injustices that left many unanswered questions in connection with the deaths of their loved ones.
Chelsea Poorman and Noelle O’Soup are amongst the long list of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).
“It was an experience no family should have to go through,” said Sheila Poorman, mother of Chelsea Poorman from the Kawacatoose First Nation.
Chelsea was described as a young lady who persevered through many difficult situations in her life, and had a heart of gold when it came to helping others.
“(She) wanted to help people as much as she can. One of the things that she loved to do was drive around in Saskatoon to hand out hot chocolate or coffee to those on the streets,” said Poorman. “She also wanted to do more, so she got me to drive to give them rides if they needed them.“
Chelsea dreamed of many things, her mother said, including a veterinarian, paramedic, musician, artist, fashion designer and makeup artist and moved west to pursue them. Poorman said her daughter had so much to live for but her life was taken too soon. Chelsea was last seen on Sept. 6, 2020 in downtown Vancouver.
“I myself went on Hastings Street for the first week looking for her (and) showing her picture to whoever would listen,” said Poorman. “I made posters to put up on social media. I did what I could, but felt defeated and alone looking for her.”