LA LOCHE – NDP Deputy Critic for Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River), conveyed community concerns relating to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in a letter addressed to the Chief Commissioner. The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, as well as community members, expressed concerns surrounding the hearing announcement for Saskatchewan next fall.

“We recently learned that the hearing will take place in Saskatoon, but many have voiced concerns related to travel costs to reach Saskatoon from remote communities in northern Saskatchewan,” said MP Jolibois. “We need to make sure all families who want to be heard get that opportunity.”

With the recent provincial cuts to the Saskatchewan Transport Company, it has become more difficult for Northerners to reach services and safe spaces in urban centers. Communities across the North are also troubled with the resignation of Commissioner Marilyn Poitras who stated that she could not continue her work due to the broken process.

“My intention is to make sure the reality of Northerners is taken into account by the National Inquiry when organizing future hearings. Many have been waiting for this inquiry for a long time and they cannot be left behind” added MP Jolibois. “We need to get the process right. This process must work for the families and survivors of missing and murdered Indigenous women.”

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