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Amid trauma of missing and murdered Indigenous women, stories of resilience stand out, says chief commissioner

By Laura Ryckewaert      

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls held its final hearings in Ottawa last week, featuring closing submissions from parties.

'It’s been a real labour of love, and it’s been a real honour to be able to do this work,' says national inquiry chief commissioner Marion Buller, pictured on Dec. 13. 'I’m so genuinely in awe of them [the families and survivors]; their strength, their courage, and their resilience, the will to come back.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Since its first hearings in May 2017, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women has heard from almost 1,500 families and survivors, and through it all chief commissioner Marion Buller says she’s been struck by the many stories of resilience.

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