The Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has issued a press release to honour the families and Indigenous community organizers who have fought tirelessly for the national inquiry that is about to begin. The Coalition has also called on the government to include its members in the pre-inquiry consultation process and not to repeat the mistakes of the BC Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, including the exclusion of key voices, the narrow mandate that failed to address root causes, and the failure to implement all recommendations.

West Coast LEAF is one of more than 25 members of the Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which initially came together in response to the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in British Columbia overseen by Commissioner Wally Oppal. Unfortunately, the groups who formed the Coalition were shut out of the inquiry; however, the Coalition continues to meet regularly to pursue justice for murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls and has grown in number and strength.

Read the press release here.