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Inquiring Minds

Indigenous UWinnipeg



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Inquiring Minds: Understanding the call for, roll of and limitations on an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

This event was organized at the recommendation of the University of Winnipeg's Indigenous Advisory Circle as a means of honouring the families of our stolen sisters and the survivors of violence. Hosted by Diane Roussin, Chair, Indigenous Advisory Circle this event brought together family members, community members, academics and students to draw attention to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.


Individual presentations:

Honorable Justice Murray Sinclair: How Can Indigenous People be meaningfully included in a public inquiry?

Dr. Annette Trimbee, President of the University of Winnipeg: Is an Inquiry the goal or a way of achieving the goal?

Chief Francine Meeches, Swan Lake First Nation: What action is being taken to call an inquiry?

Dr. Roewan Crowe, University of Winnipeg: UWinnipeg's relationship to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirited People.

Marcel Balfour, Acting Executive Director, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs: Families First Initiative by AMC

Willie Star, Brother to Jennifer Catcheway (missing since June 19, 2008): Catcheway Family story, the search for Jennifer


Panel Discussion:

After the individual presentations there was a panel discussion on: "What does an inquiry mean?" Moderated by Wab Kinew, panelists included: Dr. Leslie Spillet, Dr. Lorena Fontaine, Treaty Commissioner James Wilson, Dr. Nigaanwewidam Sinclair.