Three months after tragedy rocked the town of Carman, the province announced it would provide the community with funding to create a memorial and expand a non-profit organization that helped the town through this difficult time.

“Earlier this year the people of Carman experienced an unspeakable tragedy, but in that darkness, Manitobans helped each other,” said Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew. “The front-line staff of Carman Wellness Connections reacted swiftly and compassionately to bring healing to the community by providing resources and emotional health support. Our government is proud to support the important work they do.”

Carman Wellness Connections offers mental health services and helps community members navigate mental health and wellness resources, and the province says it will grant the community organization $300,000 in funding.

“We are profoundly grateful to the province for their generous support,” said Karen Tjaden, board member of Carman Wellness Connections. “This significant contribution provides our non-profit charitable organization with the stability and confidence we need to continue our vital work. With this funding, we can enhance our programs, expand our reach and make a lasting difference in the community.”

The Manitoba government also announced they would supply Carman with $20,00 to go towards building a memorial in honour of the victims, with the hope it would be a reminder to stand united against violence. 

On Feb. 11, 2024, RCMP discovered the bodies of three young children between the ages of 2 months and 6 years old, a 17-year-old female and a 30-year-old woman, all from the same family. 

29-year-old Ryan Howard Manoakeesick of Carman was charged with five counts of first-degree murder. He remains in custody.