The little-known life and mysterious murder of Ila Oman, 45 years ago
It was one of Manitoba's most brutal homicides of its time. It haunts the living and, some say, the dead. Yet 45 years later, the murder of Ila Oman remains unsolved.
In 1971, the 43-year-old wife and stepmother was raped and fatally beaten in the notoriously tragic Dene Village.
Her death is a symbol of the darkest of times for the Sayisi Dene that began in 1956, when the federal government forced them out of their homeland and into the makeshift, desolate village outside Churchill, Man.