‘We’re going to watch you’: Here’s what families say needs to happen as MMIWG inquiry wraps B.C. hearings – British Columbia

“We’re going to watch you.” 

That message was delivered to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls by Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Namoks (John Ridsdale) on the third and final day of community hearings in Smithers, B.C., on Thursday.

MMIWG commissioners Michèle Audette and Marion Buller listen to a message from Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.

“We don’t want you to make a report, put it away and dust it off when it comes handy for you to use,” he said. 

“We’re not letting you off easy, because we were not let off easy.”

‘You shine the light on the darkness of racism, sexism and indifference.’
– Marion Buller, chief commissioner

Chief commissioner Marion Buller summarized what the inquiry had heard about the personal impacts of the disproportionate rate of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

“We’ve heard of tremendous losses to generations of families,” she said.

“We have also heard of the often invisible yet very real damage caused by verbal, emotional, sexual and physical abuse. 

Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, along with drummer and advocate Brenda Wilson, are seen at the final day of community hearings for the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry in Smithers, B.C. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

“You shine the light on the darkness of racism, sexism and indifference. And you lead us in your work”

Here are some of the recommendations the commission heard, in the words of participants and witnesses who took part in the hearings.

Stable support

Shari Murdock says her time working with at-risk youth has shown her the need for stable support that carries on into adulthood. (Glen Kugelstadt/CBC)

Shari Murdock delivered testimony about her mother, who disappeared from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in 1997 and whose DNA was later found on serial killer Robert Pickton’s farm

Murdock credited her grandmother for keeping her out of trouble in the years…

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