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Information from The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Community Hearings in Edmonton

Community Hearings will be taking place in Edmonton.

Dates:

November 7th – 9th, 2017

 

Times:

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Location:

Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre

11834 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, Alberta

Anyone from the public can attend the hearings.

An opening ceremony for the MMIWG Community Hearing is on Monday, November 6th at 5:00 p.m. The ceremony will begin with the lighting of the sacred fire at 4:00 p.m. This is a public event that is being hosted at the Amiskwaciy Academy (located behind the Edmonton Inn). A short welcome program will be followed by a feast of stew and bannock.

For more information, please see the attached document from The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Information on the Community Hearings can be found on the National Inquiry website by clicking the following link: http://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/en/start-the-healing/community-hearings/

The National Inquiry released its Interim Report today which can be found by clicking the following link: http://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/en/interim-report/

The Alberta Family Information Liaison Unit is available to act as a single point of contact for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Contact information for this unit can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/family-information-liaison-unit.aspx

 

 

 

Government responds to Auditor General’s and Child and Youth Advocate’s reports

The Ministers of Indigenous Relations and Human Services issued the following statements in response to today’s release of the Auditor General’s and Child and Youth Advocate’s reports on Indigenous children in care.  

“As a social worker and educator, I’ve been involved in the child intervention system in Alberta for over three decades. Front line workers strive to help at-risk children in Indigenous communities, but it’s clear the status quo isn’t working. We need to think differently and have real, community-driven conversations about how to close the gap. We must work towards clearer policy, more reliable funding, and a child-first approach fully consistent with Jordan’s Principle.”

Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations

"Every child deserves the opportunity to thrive in a loving, caring environment and reach their full potential. The over-representation of Indigenous children and youth in care is an issue that we must address. ‎While the number of Indigenous children and youth in care has decreased in recent years, there is more work that needs to be done.‎

“Our government is committed to providing culturally appropriate support to Indigenous children in care to ensure their safety and well-being. We accept the recommendations in the reports of the Auditor General and the Child and Youth Advocate and will work with their offices, as well as Indigenous communities, as we examine opportunities to implement them and improve the way we help Indigenous children and youth in this province.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services

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