POUCE COUPE -- The family of a woman whose remains were found near the Kiskatinaw River last month, is speaking out over the bill they received for funeral costs from the Village of Pouce Coupe.

Renee Didier was reported missing on December 3rd, 2023. Her remains were discovered on May 18th.

Renee’s father, Roland Supernant is disappointed after the Village of Pouce Coupe charged the family full-price for renting the Community Centre for the funeral this weekend.

Supernant says he's been charged $900 for rent plus a $400 damage deposit. The village is also forcing him to purchase $2-million of liability insurance.

Supernant has lived in the village for 40 years and says getting a discount would have helped tremendously. He added that his daughter Renee was born and raised in Pouce Coupe.

The Nawican Centre in Dawson Creek offered space for the funeral for free. However with the number of people expected at Renee's funeral, Supernant said he was forced to use the Community Centre.

CJDC TV News reached out to the MLA for Peace River South for comment.

Mike Bernier said, “With all the people going missing in the community recently, the community absolutely has to be there for these grieving families.”

So Bernier reached out to Supernant on Thursday. Bernier told Supernant he will pay for the Community Centre costs out of his own pocket. 

Didier’s funeral is being held this Saturday at 1:00pm at the Community Hall in Pouce Coupe.