Aboriginal Gathering Wraps Up
Prince George, B.C. – A good first step.
That seemed to be the overall consensus following a provincial gathering to support healing for families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women at the Civic Centre in Prince George today.
“The family gathering was about coming together and providing a space for family members voices to be heard,” said Chastity Davis, chair of the Minister’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women, the group responsible for co-hosting the event.
“Having a space for family voices to be heard and acknowledged and respected. It’s a first step in families being able to heal.”
She said hundreds participated in the two day gathering, which allowed a forum for family members to share their experiences.
“It’s a first important step in having that reconciliation piece move forward. Healing, reconciliation, acknowledgement, respect and then just bringing people together across First Nations and across Canada to really build that support network.”
So where do go from here?
“I think that’s a big question,” said Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominick Frederick. “In terms of whether the Province or Canada is going to step up to the plate to continue doing this and working towards the inquiry which is where we’re headed.”
The gathering follows an RCMP report last year which revealed close to 1,200 indigenous women and girls were killed or went missing between 1980 and 2012.