After more than two years of fighting for answers, Nadine Machiskinic’s family and friends are cautiously optimistic an RCMP review of the Regina Police Service’s investigation will spark some sort of re-evaluation.
The 29-year-old fell ten flights down a laundry chute to her death in January 2015 at Regina’s Delta Hotel.
Since then, her death has gone from accidental to undetermined after an inquest this past spring, but no clear answer as to what happened has ever been given.
Machiskinic’s aunt, Delores Stevenson said the investigation has become a cold file with vital information that was never released.
“I’ve had questions with the RPS (Regina Police Service) in respect to Nadine’s on-going investigation on the two unidentified individuals who were identified long before Nadine’s inquest, which was not released into the media or to the public,” Stevenson told reporters Monday.
Despite Stevenson’s comment, Regina Police Service says the two individuals are important to the investigation, but have not been identified.
Stevenson said this experience has left her with no confidence in the justice system.
“I don’t have a whole lot of confidence within the justice system and police investigating police, especially when there’s a lack of communication within the Regina Police Service,” Stevenson said.
Stevenson said the sad reality is the investigation, which is still officially open, has gone this way because Machiskinic was an Indigenous woman.
“Again I’ll say this over and over that there was no intention that anything else was wrong other then an Indigenous woman wondering in the hotel and passing out or overdosing. That was the first and for most that lead me to believe that because she was an Indigenous woman her life did not matter,” Stevenson said.