Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister set to meet with survivors and family members to discuss inquiry.
According to Global News, survivors and the families of missing and murdered indigenous women will have eight opportunities to make their voices heard over the next three weeks as a federal inquiry begins to take shape.
Inquiry design meetings are set to be held in northern Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Nova Scotia and throughout the territories between Jan. 6 and Jan. 22. The minister of Indigenous Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, and Minister of Status of Women, Patty Hajdu, are expected to be in attendance.
The purpose of the meetings is to figure out the form and scope of the eventual inquiry, which could begin later this year. The federal government announced the initial consultation process last month in Ottawa, saying a public inquiry will require input from survivors and families, right from the start.
The meeting schedule for the next three weeks is as follows:
- Thunder Bay, Ontario: Jan. 6.
- Yellowknife, Northwest Territories: Jan. 8.
- Whitehorse, Yukon: Jan. 11.
- Vancouver, B.C.: Jan. 13.
- Prince George, B.C.: Jan. 15.
- Halifax, N.S.: Jan. 20.
- Quebec City, Que.: Jan. 21.
- Montreal, Que.: Jan. 22.
CBC News is reporting that the families of missing and murdered indigenous women meeting in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Wednesday, must register and are encouraged to take part in an orientation session on Tuesday before meeting with the Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Minister of Status of Women, the following day.
An invitation to the so-called “engagement event” was sent out to Aboriginal organizations last week from the federal government’s MMIWG Secretariat, asking them to distribute and share the email addressed to “Survivors, Families and Loved Ones”.
If you are survivors, family members or loved ones and would like to attend one of these meetings, please e-mail at AADNC.EFFAAD-IMMIWG.AANDC@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca or call toll-free at 1-877-535-7309.
More meeting locations and dates will be added as they are confirmed, according to the department website.
The meetings are closed to the public and to media.