BR MMIW Inquiry Families – CP

by ahnationtalk on April 4, 2017355 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Apr 4, 2017

VANCOUVER – Families and friends of missing and murdered women and girls say they’re concerned that their voices won’t be heard at an upcoming national inquiry.

Michele Pineault is the mother of Stephanie Lane, whose D-N-A was found on serial killer Robert Pickton’s farm.

She says the hearings — which begin in Whitehorse on May 29th — will be the last time that family members who want to be heard have an opportunity to tell their stories.

The Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in British Columbia is calling on the commission and various governments to do a better job of communicating with distraught families, saying only about 100 had been contacted about two weeks ago.

An R-C-M-P report in 2014 said police had identified nearly 12-hundred missing or murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada.

Chief commissioner Marion Buller says the commission has now identified 195 family members and survivors, and has been reaching out to communities through various means, including social media and advisory meetings.

(The Canadian Press)

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