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Indigenous woman questions national inquiry meeting in Yellowknife


Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs
APTN National News
When Sandra Fey Lockhart was just four-years-old she says she was sexually violated.

It was as if she was put on a path in life she’d have to fight to get off.

She would work the street and live there, too.

“I was corralled into that from the time I was small,” said Lockhart.

She told her story during a community visit to Yellowknife this week by the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The inquiry holds the community meetings to prepare for more formal meetings, like the one scheduled for November 13.

It’s the only visit planned for the Northwest Territories, which Lockhart says hinders women who want to come forward.

“They’re not in a community. They didn’t come to my community. I’m living here for health reasons and other reasons but I’m from Lutselk’e. They’re not visiting my community,” she said.

Critics of the inquiry have questioned the formality, citing the process as Eurocentric and too closely related to the judicial system.

“I was asked if I had read the terms of reference and I answered yes, but when I looked at it again I guess I didn’t fully read it because I thought I knew what was going to happen,” said Lockhart. “It’s very good that we look at it but it doesn’t come in plain language. It is more of a legislative kind of approach.”

Still, Lockhart is advocating for people to come forward.

“I want people know even the way it is set up, it’s our interview. It may be set up in a way that feels colonial but we can take control and talk about what we’re under,” she said.

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