Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women should sign up for MMIW inquiry emails while they wait to register to participate, inquiry commission officials say.
The emails will provide updates ahead of the inquiry, which is expected to begin in spring.
“We want to create a families first process,” said Michael Hutchinson, the commission’s director of communications. “Nobody has a list of the people that want to take part in the national inquiry.… We’re trying to collect that information from families.”
The MMIW inquiry has a new website, where families should be able to register soon.
The commission is only now starting to connect with families through the new website, to develop a database of who wants to give formal testimony to the commission in the new year.
Hutchinson said they are developing a form to simplify the process of registering with the inquiry.
A crisis line is also available for family members or friends who need support at 1-844-413-6649.