Day 3: MMIWG national inquiry hearings continue in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
It's the final day of testimony at the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
It's the third and final day of testimony at the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
It's been an emotional few days at the Siniktarvik Hotel and Conference Centre, where commissioners with the inquiry are hearing from about 20 family members and survivors.
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Some are testifying publicly, while others have chosen to share their stories in private sessions.
The inquiry heard three testimonies on Wednesday.
Emilia and Arsene Angalik testified about their daughter, Edith Angalik, who was murdered by her boyfriend in 2014.
In the afternoon, Susan Enuaraq and her daughter, Killaq Enuaraq-Strauss, testified about Susan's niece Sula Arreak.
On June 7, 2011, Sula's husband Sylvain Degrasse brutally murdered Sula and their two daughters in Iqaluit.
Killaq also testified about her own struggles to access mental health support in Nunavut.
"There is an alarming amount of disrespect toward Inuit in the health care system in Nunavut," Killaq said.
Sophie Nashook testified in the morning about her sister-in-law, Della Ootoova. Ootoova, 46, died in 2008 after her husband beat her to death, according to Nashook.
Thursday's hearings are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CST.
Health support workers are on hand to help anybody who might be emotionally or psychologically struggling with the topics discussed.
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With files from Randi Beers