Commissioners Meet with Family Advisory Circle

For Immediate Release


February 20, 2017 (Toronto) – The first of several advisory meetings among Indigenous families who have lost loves ones, women and girls who have experienced violence, including sexual violence, and Commissioners of the National Inquiry is taking place this Tuesday and Wednesday.

Holding such family advisory meetings is a recommendation that came out of pre-inquiry consultations with National Indigenous Organizations and families themselves. The objective of this two-day meeting is for families to advise the Commissioners on the hearing process.

The two dozen families meeting with Commissioners will also hear from the National Inquiry’s legal team about the Inquiry’s mandate.

There will be more regional family advisory meetings in the coming weeks to address regional particularities prior to hearings being held in the region.

While only some families will attend these meetings, families wanting to share their experiences with the National Inquiry will have a chance to do so at the hearings. We ask all families and individuals wanting to share their stories to contact the National Inquiry at


For more information, contact
Waneek Horn-Miller , Director of Community Outreach (in English) 514-240-0368

Fanny Wylde, Advocate (In French) 514-240-0368