Relationships ‘Need to Mend with Indigenous People’ Says Teegee
Prince George, B.C. – The next couple of days will be emotional ones at the Prince George Civic Centre.
This as the Province and its Aboriginal partners meet for the B.C. Family Gathering for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
“Really what this gathering is about is to listen to the families and hopefully come out with a plan and or recommendations into how to move forward to address this issue of missing and murdered women,” says Tribal Chief Terry Teegee of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.
He has a few ideas on what those recommendations ought to look like.
“There’s still the 30 outstanding 33 recommendations from the Highway of Tears report that need to be fully implemented. Hopefully this year we’ll see a reliable transportation system develop between Prince Rupert and Prince George,” says Teegee.
“Beyond that, I think it’s many of these decisions that have happened such as the Human Rights Tribunal decision last week as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that will probably play an important role in how we address many of these outstanding issues. I’d really like to see how all these can fit together.”
He adds it’s time for healing.
“Indigenous people across this country need to be acknowledged and our relationships need to mend with the indigenous people across this country.”
Close to 400 family members have registered for the event as well as various support workers and counsellors.
In 2014, an RCMP report found that at least 1,181 indigenous women and girls were killed or went missing between 1980 and 2012.