On October 30, 2014, during the early morning hours, Swan River RCMP were dispatched to a report of a fatal stabbing at a residence on the Shoal River First Nation.
Upon arrival, police report Albert John Genaille (38) of Shoal River First Nation, Manitoba was located deceased at the scene.
Swan River RCMP investigated the murder with the assistance of the RCMP Serious Crime Unit, Winnipeg and Dauphin Major Crime Units, and, Brandon and Dauphin Forensic Identification Sections.
The investigation resulted in the arrest of Lissa Marie Gott (28) of Shoal River First Nation who was charged with Second Degree Murder in connection with Genaille’s death.
Gott was also charged with aggravated assault on an adult female which occurred in a related incident. The female victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Gott was detained in custody.
Police indicate the killing is considered a domestic violence homicide.
The RCMP in Manitoba have investigated a total of fifteen (15) homicides in 2014.
Two (2) cases remain unsolved.
Domestic violence continues to be a significant factor when it comes to over-representation of Aboriginal people in Manitoba homicide statistics.
Manitoba has led the Country in homicide rates for seven (7) consecutive years. Domestic violence has significantly contributed to that reality.
The RCMP National Review Report indicates 90% of Aboriginal women are killed as a result of domestic violence.
The report concludes that 90% of the victims knew their killers who were identified as spouses, common-law husbands, boyfriends, family members, acquaintances or someone with whom they had some form of intimate relationship.
Only 8% of the victims died at the hands of a stranger.
The hard statistics undermine calls for a National Inquiry and elevate concerns regarding domestic violence homicide yet Aboriginal leaders and politicians continue to perpetuate the manufactured script. That manufactured script suggests the killings are mysterious and form part of a national phenomenon.
According to former Winnipeg City Councillor Dan Vandal, “There’s a horrible phenomenon going on in Canada and we have to do all things necessary to try to affect change in a positive way.”
The Police Insider says, “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story?” (Mark Twain)
2014 Homicide Stats;
City of Winnipeg – 19 reported homicides – 3 cases remain unsolved
Province – 15 reported homicides – 2 cases remain unsolved*
*excludes City of Winnipeg