Ellen Gabriel takes on justice system at MMIWG inquiry as Quebec City hearings wrap up


Ellen Gabriel testified Friday at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as the hearings in Quebec City wrapped up.

Gabrielle, from the Mohawk community of Kanehsatake, told the commissioners that the justice system is “controlled by the perpetrators themselves.”

“We saw that in Kanehsatake, we saw that at Ipperwash, we see that right across Canada and we saw that in Val d’Or where 35 Indigenous women made complaints against the Sûreté du Québec and not a single police officer found guilty,” she said.

Gabriel told the commissioners that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples should be used as a framework.

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