Inquiry Underway In Thunder Bay

Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 06:34 AM

The national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is in Thunder Bay this week.

Commissioners Michèle Audette and Brian Eyolfson intend to listen to as many as fifty family members and survivors through public and private hearings. 

Officials say they will also have statement gatherers on hand so they can listen to another 40 walk ins who may want to share their stories.

As expected, there was very emotional testimony on the opening day.

Anita Ross is the mother of 16 year old Delaine Copenace whose body was found in Kenora in March of last year.

Ross doesn't think her daughter's death was an accident. 

"I believe somebody hurt my baby," she told the inquiry.

Ross believes the reason's for Delaine's death, given to her by authorities, do not show the complete picture.

She wonders why her daughter's body showed signs of bruising if there was no foul play and they told her, it was because she had fallen onto some rocks. 

When she found out through news reports that there would be no inquest she felt angry.

Meantime, Commissioner Michelle Audette got the hearing underway by asking "where was the system?" over the last 50 years when those women and girls disappeared.