Canadian Native Women’s Association frustrated with MMIW Inquiry

Native Women's Association Interim President Francyne Joe & Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett

Communities are seeing a lack of communication from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s inquiry.

Francyne Joe is the Interim President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

“If we could ensure that commissioners are really sympathetic to those families that have been working to get this inquiry going, I think we can start working on a meaningful relationship, which is going to lead to some sort of healing. That’s been one of the biggest complaints that the native women’s association has brought up.” – Francyne Joe, NWA of Canada

In a recent email to CKLB, the inquiry’s Communications Director Sue Montgomery said that the crisis line provided is only for emergencies. Women who have experienced violence are asked to contact the inquiry online.

Francyne Joe points out that many victims do not have access to electronic media. The interim president says there is also frustration with how long it is taking to start the inquiry.

“We expected it to happen in January, then we were told early spring 2017, and now it’s May 2017.” – Francyne Joe, NWA of Canada

Joe says that women and families who are struggling to contact the inquiry can call the Native Women’s Association of Canada at 1- 800- 461- 4043.

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Brandon Maher
Brandon Maher is a feature reporter with CKLB who comes from the muggy-air filled streets of Cambridge, Ontario. A graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Niagara College, Brandon has also worked with Rogers TV in Kitchener and Shaw TV in Calgary. For questions, concerns and story ideas contact Brandon at 867-446-6417.

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