Community Hearings and Visits


Registration for Community Hearings/Statement Gatherings closed on April 20, 2018.

Because of our families-first approach, we are starting the hearing process with Community Hearings. Here we will hear from people who have experienced violence firsthand and know what will or won’t help keep them safe.

People can publicly or privately share their story in front of one or more of the Commissioners at a Community Hearing. They can do this individually, as a family, or within a sharing circle. When giving a statement, the person sharing can choose to give the statement privately (only the Commissioners, parties with standing, and Inquiry staff will see it) or give permission for their story to be shared with the larger public. Any safety or privacy concerns will be discussed with the Legal Team in advance.

Statement takers will also travel to communities to meet with Indigenous women, girls, and LGBTQ2S people in prison, living on the street, working in the sex trade, or people who have otherwise been separated from their communities, and so cannot easily (or safely) participate in the Community Hearings.

Lastly, people may share their story through any form of artistic expression they choose, including visual art, music, song, poetry, film, or other. All artistic expressions gathered through this process will be documented according to the donor’s wishes and will become part of the National Inquiry’s Legacy Archive. All of these forms of truth-sharing are considered “evidence” and will inform the Commissioners’ final recommendations and findings of fact.


September 29, 2017

September 25, 2017 - March 28, 2017

September 12, 2017 - September 14, 2017

September 5, 2017 - September 7, 2017

July 27, 2017 - January 1, 2018

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