If you don’t know the land ‘it will eat you up’; Manhunt for accused killers shifts to First Nations community

Adrian HumphreysAdrian Humphreys

Gillam notably has one road in and one road out; but York Landing, home to about 500 Cree, has an even stronger marker of isolation. It has zero roads in

It’s difficult to rush into York Landing, as police found when the manhunt for two suspected killers shifted to the remote community in northern Manitoba. Thankfully, it is also hard to rush out of it.

After a possible sighting of fugitives Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, suspects in three murders in northern B.C., RCMP officers shifted their focus southwest, Sunday afternoon, from Gillam, Man., where they were last seen, to the York Factory First Nation in York Landing.

Gillam is where the road ends in the region, notably having one road in and one road out; but York Landing, home to about 500 Cree, has an even stronger marker of isolation.

It has zero roads in.

“Our only road comes in the wintertime,” said Judy Sinclair, a resident who lives on York Landing’s shore. “If they don’t make us that road after the ferry stops, we’re stuck here until we can pass over the ice on snowmobiles.

“We’re an isolated community, eh. We only have the air and the ferry.”

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