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Missing women inquiry forums for northern B.C.

The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry has announced they will hold forums in northern B.C. in September.

The forums will be scheduled between Sept. 12 and 22 and members of the community are invited to participate.

The exact schedule for the forums has not been announced but the inquiry says that the time and locations will be announced shortly. They will be held during afternoons and evenings.

The purpose of the forums is to “give members of the communities an opportunity to provide input to the commission on issues within its mandate,” they explained in a media release.

The information they receive will help inform the commission’s report and recommendations for “the effective initiation and conduct of investigations of missing and murdered women.”

The commission will also be able to take into account community-specific situations based on these forums.

“The commission believes it is important to hear directly from family members who have been most affected by the tragedy of murdered and missing women,” the commission said in their release.

Any person or organization interested in participating have to register by Sept. 8. Written submissions have to be received by the commission by Nov. 30.

To contact the commission to get involved you can e-mail them at info@missingwomeninquiry.ca, phone them at 1-877-681-4470, or fax them at 604-681-4458.

Their mailing address is #1402 - 808 Nelson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2H2.

Presenters need to provide their name and contact information, along with a brief description of issues they plan to address.

Under the terms of reference, the commission cannot inquire into ongoing missing women investigations, including the Highway of Tears, but rather focuses on the Robert Pickton case.

That being the case, the commission has been asked to recommend changes to how missing and murdered women investigations are handled.

 

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