About 30 people were on hand this morning in Whitehorse for the lighting of a sacred fire that will burn while the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls holds hearings this week.
The lighting ceremony at sunrise included traditional prayers and song and is to be followed by a traditional feast and cultural program tonight.
About 40 families who have registered with the inquiry will give statements in public and in private during the three days of hearings that begin tomorrow morning.
Peter Johnston, the Grand Chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations, says it’s fortunate to start the inquiry in Whitehorse and give families in Yukon the opportunities to bring forward their stories and hopefully achieve some resolution in their lives.
(With files from The Canadian Press)