Help for MMIWG fam­i­lies now avail­able in prov­ince

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY+REGION -

A new ser­vice de­signed to REGINA help fam­i­lies of miss­ing and mur­dered Indige­nous women and girls nav­i­gate the le­gal sys­tem and ac­cess com­mu­nity sup­ports is fi­nally op­er­a­tional in Saskatchewan after fed­eral fund­ing was an­nounced in Au­gust 2016.

Each prov­ince and territory was ex­pected to form fam­ily in­for­ma­tion li­ai­son units (FILUs) after be­ing pro­vided with fund­ing through Jus­tice Canada.

Saskatchewan’s FILU is lo­cated within the Saskatchewan Min­istry of Jus­tice and is de­signed to com­ple­ment the na­tional in­quiry into miss­ing and mur­dered Indige­nous women and girls by con­nect­ing fam­i­lies with or­ga­ni­za­tions that can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about their loved ones.

Ac­cord­ing to a Min­istry of Jus­tice spokesper­son, the ser­vices will be avail­able to all fam­i­lies, not just par­tic­i­pants of the na­tional in­quiry and the unit will also “act as a li­ai­son with or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­vide cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port to the fam­i­lies.”

“These fam­i­lies are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a deep loss and the as­sis­tance we can pro­vide in nav­i­gat­ing the le­gal sys­tem and mul­ti­ple or­ga­ni­za­tions who hold in­for­ma­tion will hope­fully ease the stress of their sit­u­a­tion,” Jus­tice Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Don Mor­gan said in a re­lease.

Fam­i­lies will get help ac­cess­ing el­ders, com­mu­nity-based sup­port and agen­cies that pro­vide “trauma in­formed pro­fes­sional sup­port.”

The unit will also work closely with Indige­nous and Metis or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Fed­er­a­tion of Sovereign Indige­nous Na­tions, Saskatchewan Abo­rig­i­nal Women’s Cir­cle Corp., Regina Treaty Sta­tus In­dian Ser­vices, tribal coun­cils and other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The FILU is at 902-1801 Hamil­ton St. in Regina. To reach the unit by phone, call the toll-free Fam­ily Ac­cess Line at 1-833-529-6486.

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