MKO Grand Chief Says MMIWG Resources Should Go to Families

MKO Grand Chief Sheila North
MKO Grand Chief Sheila North

MKO Grand Chief Sheila North
MKO Grand Chief Sheila North

TREATY ONE – The Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) has always supported the work of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous and Girls, because it was the families, survivors and advocate themselves who fought for and continue to fight for justice and awareness.  However, the work thus far by the National Inquiry has been concerning.  Therefore granting the commissioners more time does not seem to be a good use of resources that could go directly to families and survivors who need it.

“At MKO we are still getting complaints about the lack of proper after-care services offered to families and survivors who have testified,” said MKO Grand Chief Sheila North.  “Families and survivors, by now, should be feeling empowered by the work of the Inquiry. And while some who testified have had a positive experience, the same feelings are not shared by many others who had hoped the inquiry would help them find answers for their missing or murdered loved ones.   Instead of granting an extension for the bungled Inquiry, it’s time to see resources directed to supporting families and survivors affected by the issues around MMIWG,” added Grand Chief North.

The MKO is pleased to hear the government is committing to put funding and action behind some of the recommendations coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report, the Pre-Inquiry report and the National Inquiry’s mid-term report. The funding for the Family Liaison Units is particularly welcome, as is the funding for the commemoration of missing loved ones.

“The MKO and I as the MKO Grand Chief have done all we can to take part in the National Inquiry and supporting the families going through the process. We wish the Commissioners well during the last six months of their extension and hope it can make up for the late start to the hearings. Immediate action and investments from the Federal and Provincial governments are critical for programs and services to protect and provide opportunities for Indigenous women and girls,” Grand Chief North said.