The inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is going to be a difficult process. It is sure to open up wounds in friends and family members who’ve lost someone they loved.
Culturally-sensitive and appropriate supports will be necessary for someone dealing with trauma after speaking at an inquiry event or participating in the process in any way, and one of the main criticisms of the inquiry is that it will not provide enough support to families.
Ontario, however, is setting up a new office for family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. According to a press release, the support office will help families access information about their lost loved ones and find culturally relevant services. In October, families will be able to access the Ontario government’s Family Liaison Unit that will be a link between families, government agencies and the inquiry itself.
What do you think of the new support office? What other steps should provinces be taking? Comment below!