MMIWG Hearings Set for Vancouver

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MMIWG National Inquiry Commissioner Michelle Audette speaks to media in Thunder Bay
MMIWG National Inquiry Commissioner Michelle Audette speaks to media in Thunder Bay

MMIWG National Inquiry Commissioner Michelle Audette speaks to media in Thunder Bay
MMIWG National Inquiry Commissioner Michelle Audette speaks to media in Thunder Bay

VANCOUVER – MMIWG – Chief Commissioner Buller and Commissioners Qajaq Robinson, Michèle Audette and Brian Eyolfson will be in the Greater Vancouver Region, British Columbia for Community Hearings from April 4 to 8, 2018. The daily hearings are expected to begin at 9:00 AM PST and are scheduled to end at 5:00 PM PST each day. Over 100 family members and survivors are expected to share their truths. There are a variety of ways to provide testimony throughout the week – public and private hearings, artistic expressions and through statement gatherers.

The Commissioners’ mandate is to examine and report on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S people in Canada by looking at patterns and underlying factors. The mandate also includes examining institutional practices and policies implemented in response to violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls, including examining police investigation practices and responses, as part of this public investigation.

Anyone from the public can attend the community hearings to observe in the public hearing rooms.

**For those wanting to observe, please be prepared with identification to register**

Alternatively, the hearings will be live streamed. Links will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MMIWG/ Website: http://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/

Statement Gatherers will also be present in the Greater Vancouver Region to hear families and survivors share their stories. A Commissioner will not be present in the room but the audio and video collected will be reviewed by them. These sessions are not open to the public.

Location: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

7551 Westminster Highway, V6X 1A3 Richmond, Canada

For general information please send an email to info@mmiwg-ffada.ca. You can also call our toll free line at 1- 844-348-4119.