In early November Melissa Carlick wrote a letter to the commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls asking if her termination as community liaison worker could be rescinded and that she has the opportunity to resign.
She told APTN News that as of today, she hasn’t received a response.
Carlick said she her termination came without warning.
“Really boom you’re done because you either push back or you don’t agree with what’s going on,“ she said.
Carlick spent six months with the commission as a front line and health worker and said there is a big disconnect between the commissioners and the front-line workers.
“They don’t hear you they don’t listen to you it’s just about what makes me look good and if you don’t then you’re out and if you push back you’re gone,” she said.
Carlick said the commission fired her during the hearings in Edmonton on Nov. 7.
She said they told her she was unprepared.
Sources have told APTN Carlick was fired after members of the National Family Advisory Circle complained in a conference call and letters to the commissioners and senior staff that families complained of mistreatment by the inquiry.
Carlick said she was the lead on the Edmonton hearings and arrived six weeks before and started to organize families, look for a venue, do health intakes, and find spiritual support for the hearings.
She said the task was too big of a job to plan in just six weeks for a person who’s not from Alberta.
And she said the working conditions were tough
“We were working 24-7,” she said. “Sometimes just all day all the time it was just a lot of planning a lot time, a lot of pressure and no support, no debrief.”
Carlick along with two other front-line workers have been let go from the inquiry in the last month and legal counsel Karen Snowshoe also handed in her resignation.
That brings the number of inquiry employees who have resigned or fired to 19 in this year alone.
Sue Caribou, a member of the family advisory circle also resigned Thursday.