Families for Justice File Final Submissions National Inquiry MMIWG

On January 7, 2019, Fraser Advocacy filed final written submissions to the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (National Inquiry) on behalf of Families for Justice.

Families for Justice is a group of 20 families whose loved ones are missing or murdered. When the National Inquiry first put out a call for applications for standing, it told families that they did not have to apply for standing, that they would be witnesses. Families were not told that if they had standing, they would likely receiving funding for a lawyer to participate in the process. Families were left out of the process, left scrambling understand the National Inquiry's process.

On November 20, 2017, Fraser Advocacy filed an application for standing on behalf of Families for Justice with the Inquiry. The National Inquiry did not respond. In March, 2018, took the National Inquiry to the Federal Court of Canada to compel the National Inquiry to grant standing to the group. On March 14, 2018, the Inquiry granted Families for Justice.

The oral final submissions were given in Ottawa on December 10, 2018.

Watch the submissions: here at about the 3:15 mark.

Read the submissions: here