October 31, 2017 7:37 am
Updated: October 31, 2017 2:50 pm

More than 900 people registered to speak to MMIWG inquiry

Miriam Saunders, mother of Loretta Saunders, arrives to testify at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in Membertou, N.S. on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

As the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women prepares to release its interim report, it says a hundred more people have registered to speak with it.

Spokesperson Tiar Wilson says the additional 100 families and survivors come from across Canada.

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She says there are now more than 900 people registered to speak to the inquiry across the country.

The inquiry is currently hearing from families in Membertou, N.S., and by the end of the first day on Monday, 20 more people had signed up to speak to the inquiry before it leaves on Wednesday.

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The inquiry first heard from the family of Loretta Saunders on Monday morning. On Tuesday, it begins by hearing from family and friends of Victoria Paul.

Paul died in hospital days after she was left lying unattended in the Truro police lockup after being arrested for public drunkenness in August 2009.

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A subsequent review ordered by then-Justice Minister Ross Landry found that police did not properly monitor Paul’s health while she was in custody.

The review said the 44-year-old woman wasn’t medically assessed or taken to the hospital until 10 hours after she was put in jail.

The interim report from the inquiry will be released in Ottawa on Wednesday.

-With files from the Canadian Press.

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