Hearings are now set for Winnipeg and Thunder Bay this fall, but the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls continues to lose support.
The Ontario Native Women's Association has dropped their support of the inquiry last week. The association says in an open letter that they do still want an inquiry to happen, but they want the way its been handled to change.
In its letter, the association says there are a number of concerns that ONWA is addressing:
- The Inquiry intention to restart hearings in the Fall of 2017 in Thunder Bay;
- The lack of commitment and willingness to reach out to families;
- The lack of culture and ceremony;
- The absence of strong Indigenous women’s leadership;
- The lack of communication;
- The lack of procedural and legal fairness in the process;
- The lack of a trauma informed approach;
- The legal focus of the Inquiry instead of looking at prevention.
The association has representation in Kenora, Dryden, and Sioux Lookout.
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