The NWT Native Women’s Association is starting an independent inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
The Family Liaison Unit supports families looking to find answers on lost loved ones by providing emotional and technical support.
Francyne Joe, President of the Canada wide Native womens association, appeared at the Dene National Assembly in Hay River to speak on the National Inquiry and support the NWT division of the Native Women’s Association.
While the National MMIW inquiry has seen many roadblocks along the way, Francyne Joe is hoping that both the NWT based inquiry and the National inquiry can co-exist and work together.
“We don’t play a role in the family liaison unit but we do observe at this point the whole inquiry and we’ll provide feedback to the commissioners,” says Joe. “If we hear or if we see gaps we feel are detrimental to families or if families raise concerns that they want to raise to the commissioners. We need to remember why this inquiry came together and we need to ensure that they have our full support so that we can continue and come up with some reasonable responses and some plans to ensure the protection of our women and girls.”
MMIW representatives at the National assembly announced on Wednesday that the inquiry would hold preliminary hearings in August.