THUNDER BAY – Local hearings by the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls are getting underway in Thunder Bay later today. The hearings will bring families and the victims together to share their stories.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum will acknowledge and support families participating in Thunder Bay hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls during opening ceremonies in the traditional territory of Fort William First Nation this afternoon:
“On behalf of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, I express support for all families participating in this National Inquiry, and recognize survivors and families within NAN territory and across Canada who have chosen not to participate. Regardless of your position on the Inquiry, we support you and will continue to advocate for justice for the loved ones you have so painfully lost. We also give thanks for the service providers who have come together to support these community hearings. I am encouraged by how well service agencies and organizations in Thunder Bay have worked together to ensure that survivors and families receive the care they will need during and after these difficult proceedings. We want survivors and families to know that our community has opened its arms with sympathy and love to care for you.”
Opening ceremonies of the Thunder Bay Community Hearing of the Truth Gathering Process will be held from 4-6 p.m. today at the Best Western Plus NorWester Hotel & Conference Centre on Highway 61 south of Thunder Bay. Hearings will be held Monday to Wednesday.
The Ontario Native Women’s Association will provide a daily program of healing supports at their Thunder Bay office: www.onwa.ca/mmiwg-inquiry-healing-supports
Livestream links and details on community hearings by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: www.mmiwg-ffada.ca