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Arrest made in connection with death of Cassidy Bernard

A Nova Scotia First Nation is offering a reward of $100,000 for information related to the death of Cassidy Bernard.
A Nova Scotia First Nation is offering a reward of $100,000 for information related to the death of Cassidy Bernard. Cassidy Bernard/Facebook

An arrest has been made in connection with the death of 22-year-old Cassidy Bernard, Global News has learned.

Bernard was found dead on We’koqma’q First Nation in Cape Breton on Oct. 24, 2018. Her two infant girls were found alive but dehydrated alongside her.

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Police quickly deemed her death as suspicious and not a random act, but did not say how she died.

RCMP would not confirm that an arrest has been made but say they will hold a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. on We’koqma’q First Nation.

In the past, police have said the investigation into Bernard’s death has been complex.

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“Our investigators have been working very diligently,” Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said in October. “We have a great working relationship with the family and we are in very close and very regular contact with them.”

Protest held in Cape Breton to raise awareness about Indigenous woman’s murder
Protest held in Cape Breton to raise awareness about Indigenous woman’s murder

Bernard’s death sparked an outpouring of grief and concern in the community, with the band council eventually offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

READ MORE: Suspicious death of Indigenous woman raised in Nova Scotia legislature

Family members and people from the community took their concerns to Premier Stephen McNeil and staged protests at the Canso Causeway, the Nova Scotia legislature, and most recently on a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway going through the small Mi’kmaq community.

Tyra Denny, left, and Renee Denny hold a photo of their sister Cassidy Bernard at the Nova Scotia legislature in Halifax on Thursday, April 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael MacDonald
Tyra Denny, left, and Renee Denny hold a photo of their sister Cassidy Bernard at the Nova Scotia legislature in Halifax on Thursday, April 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael MacDonald

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