A wave of grief is washing over Nova Scotia in the wake of yet another tragic murder of a young aboriginal woman. Unlike so many who have been pushed to the margins of society and fallen victim to the vultures that prey on the homeless, broken, and dispossessed, Loretta Saunders was anything but.
A dynamic, young 26 year-old woman from an Inuit family in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area of Labrador, she had everything going for her, and everything to look forward to in life. A student of criminology at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, she was on a roll, planning to study law at Dalhousie University and go on to a career as lawyer. With a boyfriend, and three months pregnant her personal life was also clearly on the ascendant.