Video Profile: Mitch Bourbonniere
Community leader Mitch Bourbonniere talks discusses his involvement with Drag the Red.
While Pam Pastetnik was on maternity leave she was struggling with postpartum. “There were days I considered taking my own life.”
Darryl Contois is a volunteer with Drag the Red, but he has been involved with searching for the missing and murdered since 1984.
I’ve always loved water. Being out on a boat has always felt exhilarating. It’s always given me a sense of freedom. When I went out in the boat with the Drag the Red Volunteers and Amanda it was a different feeling.
We started behind the St. Boniface hospital and worked our way over to the forks and through the Exchange. We each wore gloves and pants to protect ourselves from the tall grass and trees.
Drag the Red kicked their third season off in early July with a pipe ceremony and feast. Many community members and volunteers attended and it was a vibrant introduction to the group.
In June we looked at animal and human bones at the University of Winnipeg. We held tiny fragments in our hands and learned how easily bones blend into their surroundings. Volunteers from Drag the Red sat beside us, and we spent the day learning how to maximize ground searches.