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MMIW inquiry opens with story of Mary Johns, a mother and residential school survivor

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Mary John, victim of a serial killer in 1982.

APTN National News, May 30, 2017

The long-awaited start to the murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls national inquiry began with the story of Mary Johns who was murdered by a serial killer and buried in a potter’s field years before the family ever discovered her fate. Read the rest of this entry

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father calls missing and murdered inquiry a ‘bloody farce’

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Hereditary chief Bill Wilson, Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father, says the commissioners of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry should be replaced. (Facebook)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‘should fire these people,’ says hereditary B.C. chief

By Catharine Tunney, CBC News, May 24, 2017

Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief and the father of federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, says the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is a “bloody farce” and the commissioners leading it need to be replaced. Read the rest of this entry

Frustrated families vow to ‘blockade’ missing and murdered inquiry hearings

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Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail, right, comforts Shirley Gunner, as John Fox looks on during a news conference regarding the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls national inquiry in Ottawa. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Father of murdered woman says inquiry is at a ‘crisis’ point

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, May 23, 2017

Some family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are vowing to blockade meetings of the national inquiry to protest what they call a disastrous start.

“We are prepared to take blockades against this inquiry, if it goes through our communities we will be there, it doesn’t matter where,” John Fox told reporters Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Women’s Warrior song #MMIW Event

posted to Yutube by Cheryl James on Oct 15, 2013

Keewatin Otchitchak Traditional Women’s Drum singing the Women’s Warrior Song, originally from the Sta’timc at Mount Currie, BC.

Video: 27th Annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, Feb 14, 2017

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Video posted to Facebook by Kelly-Patrick Moore, Feb 16, 2017.  Click below to watch the video… Read the rest of this entry

‘Warning!’: Regina activists label indigenous Halloween costumes as dangerous materials

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Warning label attached to Native Halloween costume. Photo: Colonialism No More.

Labels warning shoppers to “avoid contact” with a number of revealing Halloween costumes depicting indigenous women were on display at Regina’s Spirit Halloween location.

On Sunday, members of the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) entered Spirit Halloween and added two-sided labels to costumes named “Reservation Royalty” and “Wolf Dancer”, among others. Read the rest of this entry

Police act like idiots during training session on missing, murdered Indigenous women

cops-simpsons-1‘What do we do when we’re sending women in to do training on race relations and they feel violated?’

By Jody Porter, CBC News, September 13, 2016

Police officers in Thunder Bay, Ont., are being accused of verbally assaulting a facilitator who was delivering cross-cultural training on Indigenous issues, but a city official says it was all a misunderstanding. Read the rest of this entry

Ottawa launches long-awaited inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women

Protesters accuse Manitoba government of stalling MMIW inquiry

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Warrior flag flies outside Manitoba Legislative Building, July 2016.

Role police, CFS play in MMIW cases must be examined in national inquiry, protesters say

CBC News,  July 26, 2016

About half a dozen tents were set up outside the Manitoba Legislative Building by protesters who say the province is keeping a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women from getting underway.

Last week, Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government said it is moving forward with an order in council in support of the inquiry, but officials are still in negotiations with the federal government over the terms of reference. Read the rest of this entry

Government not doing enough to share details of MMIW inquiry, family members say

mmiw photos‘It’s all rumoured on Facebook and social media,’ says sister of homicide victim

CBC News July 21, 2016

The federal government needs to do a better job of communicating details about a long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, says Mag Cywink, whose sister Sonya Cywink was slain in London, Ont. in 1994.

In June, the government signaled that an announcement about the inquiry was coming soon — that didn’t happen. Families then expected details of the inquiry to be released in early July, but weeks later there has still been no official announcement.

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