Missing & Murdered: The Unsolved Cases of Indigenous Women and Girls
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There was nothing shy or retiring about Bernadine Quewezance.

"She was a smart, smart girl, very outgoing. She always seemed to be happy when I seen her," said her aunt, Adeline Quewezance.

Quewezance is one of many family members who struggle with the knowledge that 36­-year-­old Bernadine could have been the victim of foul play.

"Shock. I didn't really know how to feel ... just shock,"  she said.

Bernadine’s body was found near a service road off Highway 16, about two kilometres east of Saskatoon city limits in Saskatchewan on Jan. 2, 2012.

"A lady was out here exercising her dog, and [she] discovered the body,"  said Sgt. Rob Eyre of the Saskatoon RCMP.

Bernadine’s remains were found in a ditch just off the travelled portion of the road.

The Saskatchewan RCMP major crimes unit is leading the investigation, and officers believe Bernadine’s death is suspicious, though they’ve remained quiet about the way she died.

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CBC News continues to investigate missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada, looking at the unsolved cases and telling the stories of the families and communities.