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.
A family information liaison unit office has been opened in Ontario to provide support to families of missing and murdered Indigenous women. While funding has been provided, most provinces and territories are still working to set up these offices.