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A history of trauma’: Families of 2 missing women from Ontario First Nation address Thunder Bay MMIWG hearing – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201776 Views

Families of Sarah Skunk, Viola Panacheese testified at inquiry Tuesday

Dec 06, 2017

Tuesday’s community hearings for the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Thunder Bay, Ont., heard from two families from a northwestern Ontario First Nation seeking answers about their loved ones for more than 20 years.

Commissioners heard from the families of Viola Panacheese and Sarah Skunk on Tuesday. Panacheese, 42, was reported missing in Sioux Lookout, Ont., in 1991, Skunk, 43, was last seen in Thunder Bay in 1995. Both women were from Mishkeegogamang First Nation, located about 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, near Pickle Lake.

“There are communities who have higher numbers of murders and missing women,” said Connie Gray-McKay, a former chief of Mishkeegogamang, who accompanied Skunk’s family during their testimony. “We have two missing women, a missing young man and many murdered individuals and if you look at the history of Mishkeegogamang, you’ll see a history of trauma.”

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