Chantale Courcy, former director of operations for the Missing and Murdered Women and Girls inquiry commission, has left the commission to accept a promotion within the Federal government. Courcy is the fourth staff member to resign.
Statistics Canada has released a report showing that one-fourth of all female homicide victims in 2015 were Indigenous. This statistic is six times higher than that of non-Indigenous women. In addition, Indigenous women are disproportionately represented in the prison population.
As the hearings for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) national inquiry began, Frances Neumann spoke to commissioners about the murder of her sister-in-law, Mary Johns, by serial killer Gilbert Paul Jordan.
Forty families have registered to participate in the first public hearings for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) national inquiry in Whitehorse. The "truth gathering process" began on Monday with public hearings starting Tuesday and running until Thursday.
Officials from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry commission say they were advised that the summer months would be a bad time to conduct hearings with family members. However, family members disagree with this decision.
With formal hearings set to begin on May 29, the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is providing few details about the process moving forward, leaving First Nations families and loved ones concerned.