Missing Women Commission in Rupert

  • Aug. 15, 2011 2:00 p.m.

The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry will hold a hearing in Prince Rupert on Sept. 12, and MLA Gary Coons wants to make sure the public knows about it. “For years we’ve been requesting government to investigate the dozens of missing and murdered young women on Highway 16 and finally this may be an opportunity to have your voice heard,” Mr. Coons said. “I believe the Highway of Tears has been on the ‘back-burner’ for too long and resources must be allocated to examine the many cases of girls and women who have met violence on this stretch of highway.” Mr. Coons said the inquiry is in jeopardy because the Liberal government is not providing legal funding for groups to participate. But he said there is still an opportunity for northerners to get involved and voice their concerns during the inquiry’s visits to northern communities in September. The commission will be holding hearings in nine communities along Highway 16 from Sept. 12 to 22, in order to probe the issue of the rising number of missing and murdered women in the area. The commission wants to hear from family members and others who have been affected, and also encourages submissions from local organizations and individuals. Anyone interested in participating should contact the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry office by Sept. 8 by email (info@missingwomeninquiry.ca) or by calling 1-877-681-4470. The commission will be in Prince Rupert on Monday, Sept. 12 from 1-4 pm at the Northwest Community College.

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