The Government of Alberta has announced an initiative to help families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls families.
The Family Information Liaison Unit will have approximately $1.5 million in funding from the federal government.
“Losing a loved one, in any way, is an incredibly difficult experience for families – particularly if they don’t know where to turn for help or information. Having someone who will get answers to their questions and find them help can ease the heavy burden being carried by the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls,” says Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations.
The system will provide families with information give affected families information about the justice system, legal processes and specific updates about criminal investigations and deaths involving their loved ones.
There will be three members of the team based in Edmonton and one in Grande Prairie to offer face-to-face meeting with families.
Spokesperson for Walking with Our Sisters Grande Prairie, Omarla Cooke says it’s important the government is recognizing this as an issue.
“It is very importance because, including myself, have gone through this trauma of losing someone who has been murdered. It’s very difficult. Who do we reach out to, where do we reach out to. Especially if we’re in a remote community, where we feel so alone.”
The initiative will run for three years, set to end March 31st, 2019.