The issue of missing and murdered indigenous women isn't a historical one for members of Northwest Bay. Gary Smith of Naicatchewenin describes a recent, serious assault involving a young woman from their community.
"We faced people and told them it wasn't right. If they had an issue, they had to deal with us," said the band councillor.
Band members from across Treaty 3 joined Grand Chief Francis Kavanaugh for a workshop in Kenora Friday. It was meant to help break the cycle of violence against women.
In his comments, Smith noted the suspect involved in the serious assault in his community -- 32 year-old Ryan Smith, also of Naicatchewenin -- is still at large. The band councillor noted this presents a significant issue for the safety and protection of elders and vulnerable members of the First Nation.
Those at the workshop are also looking forward to hosting the Walking with our Sisters display. The commemorative art work deals with the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women.
Treaty 3 members are also looking forward to a community hearing next month in Thunder Bay for the national inquiry.
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