The Kenora District Services Board is asking for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to host hearings in the region. They say that the board fully supports Grand Council Treaty #3 Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh’s request to have hearings in the area, to honour local families.
“For the families sharing their stories, they must be able to do so within a culturally safe space, a space that is accessible and with the appropriate supports surrounding the family,” stated Board Chair Barry Baltessen. “The hearings are about the families and about learning the truth.”
In December, Treaty #3 Ogichidaa Kavanaugh detailed his hopes to bring a hearing to the area.
“The Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty#3 has hosted three MMIWG families’ gatherings and has sent correspondence to request a National Inquiry hearing be held in the Treaty#3 territory. At the Fall Assembly hosted in Iskatewizaagegan #39 First Nation, Chief Brian Perrault, Couchiching First Nation asked Commissioner Brian Eyolfson specifically for a hearing to come to the territory. Grand Council Treaty#3 will continue to lobby for the hearing and the changes to policing, child welfare, justice and victim services that families identified at the Family Gatherings,” Kavanaugh said, in a prepared release.
“The geography of this region is vast and the lack of transportation and accommodations has been a barrier for families wishing to honour their loved ones by sharing their stories,” stated Henry Wall, KDSB Chief Administrative Officer.
In December, a MMIWG National Inquiry hearing took place in Thunder Bay, which included a local mother - Anita Ross. Ross spoke about the loss of her daughter Delaine Copenace.
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