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Re: MMIW Inquiry 20160803
« Reply #45 on: March 10, 2018, 01:00:14 PM »
We have I think all been fair in our comments. We are trying to say, we see both sides of the story.   We believe there are some very bad white people, as one of the posters said, murderers, rapists and we could go on and on. What we are trying to say is, everyone has choices, that is what I stated and it does not matter what color your skin is, you could be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I have a friend who has a son missing for about 16 years, he is white, she never had anyone contact her about him missing until last year. The police feel he was murdered in another province of Canada, his body was never found, so that is just an example. There are many out there missing and presumed dead. It is like trying to find a needle in a hay stack.  There is a native Reserve here just about three miles from me.  We go up there for a coffee at Tim's, we shop in their Drug Store, we go to their small casinos, they have a brand new arena, they have a walking track in the arena, My friend and I were up there walking the track. And actually most of the people there were not native persons, they were locals that use their facility.  They are fine and generous people. We are not saying a word about your personalities or your community.   We all have a right to opinions and  do not hate anybody. We do not hate, if someone has done you wrong in some sense, it is that person you should be angry with and not the whole of Canada.  That is all I have to say on this. 


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Re: MMIW Inquiry 20160803
« Reply #46 on: May 14, 2018, 11:19:55 PM »
People are not happy all across Canada. Several people organizing the inquiry have left, but the head of the inquiry, Judge Buller said the show will go on. They had an 8 month late start which she claimed was her doing due to organization at the beginning and she also stated they will need much more time and at least another 60 million.
I don't understand why they forged ahead when there were many complaints from the very people the inquiry was to help.

Diane Bigeagle says she hasn't been very impressed with the national Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Today, Bigeagle, along with many Indigenous families and organizations across the country, signed an open letter stating that the inquiry "is in serious trouble" and needs to "fundamentally shift its approach."

"We're all frustrated," said Bigeagle. "It's going too slow."

Families, activists demand extension to 'disorganized, haphazard' missing and murdered inquiry?
Missing and Murdered: Danita Faith Bigeagle
?Families disagree with MMIWG inquiry commission's reason to postpone hearings
Earlier this month, an inquiry spokesperson told reporters that the commission wouldn't hold hearings this summer because families would be hunting or travelling during that time. The delay is only one of many problems families have had with the process.

"How many of us that have missing and murdered people are going to go trapping and hunting?" she said. "I found that so ridiculous."

Bigeagle's daughter, Danita Faith, has been missing since 2007. After her disappearance, her mother has become an outspoken advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women.

It isn't an option for this inquiry to fail. There are too many families that have been waiting for it.
- Professor Julie Kaye
She said an inquiry hearing in Regina last year was chaotic, with family members shouting at the inquiry. She said her hearing did not have elders present, something that could have helped defuse a tense situation.

"If you're having a problem, they're the ones you go to, to those old men sitting in the corner," she said. "They'll calm you down. They'll reason with you. They'll tell you this is what's going to happen."

Bigeagle said the inquiry hasn't done a good job at communicating with families and she is frustrated it won't be looking into possible police misconduct.

Danita Faith Bigeagle was last seen in 2007. (Sheryl Rennie/CBC)
"When they first came to Regina, we thought it was going along really good," she said. "Then it was like they hit a brick wall."

Failure not an option
Bigeagle isn't alone. People across the country have been voicing their displeasure on the inquiry's work.

"There are feelings of being retraumatized," said University of Saskatchewan professor Julie Kaye, one of the letter's signatories. "A lot of concern has been raised across the country."

Kaye said a number of concerns, from the inquiry's independence from the federal government to meetings that were suddenly cancelled, have created doubt for families.

"All these things have created a lot of uncertainty and confusion among the community," she said. "The need for strong leadership that really has that overarching vision in mind."

However, Kaye said she is hopeful the inquiry will be able to turn itself around.

"It isn't an option for this inquiry to fail," she said. "There are too many families that have been waiting for it, and are needing to see it work."

The commission is mandated to submit an interim report by Nov. 1 and produce a final report exactly one year later.

The commission has stated it intends to submit the interim report by its deadline and fulfil its mandate.


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