UPDATE: Multiple Arrests Made at Manitoba Legislative Building


Seven adults were arrested for violating the law that prohibits encampments on legislature grounds and prohibits people from providing goods to camps.

Winnipeg Police Services responded to information they had that the occupiers were bringing in new building materials to install a third teepee on the north side of the lot.

The provincial government originally only confirmed that people had been arrested, and the WPS denied commenting on the situation. It is now reported that seven occupants have been arrested and charged with the following offences:

  • Obstruction of a peace officer.
  • Deposit items in the legislative enclosure that support extended stay.

The following adults were arrested:

  • A 27-year-old man, Tyler DEMARCHUK
  • A 34-year-old man, Patrick NEILEN
  • A 45-year-old man, Aaron Lee DUMAS
  • A 55-year-old man, Eduardo Alberto BARAHONA
  • A 35-year-old woman, Krystal Lisa Kerriann JENSEN
  • A 36-year-old woman, Monique CUSSON
  • A 39-year-old woman, Ashley CATCHEWAY

“The Winnipeg Police Service recognizes and honors that today is the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQ+ (MMIWG2S+). Winnipeg police and Manitoba government officials made the decision to dismantle the camp today following escalating threats of bodily harm, indication of weapons and aggressive behavior by occupiers from the north camp,” the press release read.

There was an assembly at the Manitoba Legislative Building to honor the National Day of Action for MMIWG2S+ which was able to take place without any interruptions.

Upon completion of assembly, WPS cleared the north ground camp to safely and uninterruptedly decommission the north camp.

During the dismantling, weapons were discovered on the site.

Updated October 5 at 5:00 p.m.

On October 4 at 2:30 p.m., the WPS arrested and charged five other people with the following offences:

  • Obstruction of a peace officer.
  • Occupy or transportable structure in the legislative precinct.

The following people were arrested after refusing to leave the northern encampment of the Legislative Precinct:

  • A 45-year-old woman, Trina Maggie FRANCOIS
  • A 43-year-old man, Daniel Lawrence JONES
  • A 50-year-old man, Philip Michael MCLENNAN
  • A 50-year-old man, Gregory Thomas PITTMAN
  • A 54-year-old man, Owen Lee HALL

In a previous press release, it was indicated that weapons had been found during the dismantling of the camp, and the following objects were seized:

  • Axes x 3
  • Hammer
  • Hatchet
  • Bullet proof vest
  • 3 foot club
  • Spear
  • Machete


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