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Inquiry hears testimony from families at the MMIWG hearings in Smithers

Families have been giving testimony about their missing and murdered loved ones to the national inquiry this week in Smithers.

At the friendship centre hall in town, the mother of Destiny Rae Tom who was killed in a domestic manslaughter in 2013 told her story.

Vivian Tom, who’s also the chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, spoke about more attention and action needed against domestic abuse yesterday to the inquiry.

She says many people in the community knew about the ongoing domestic abuse against her daughter and says not enough was done to stop it.

“I also heard that someone heard her(Destiny) screaming for help but they didn’t phone the RCMP. And we need more awareness once there’s a fight going on in the community, I ‘m not scared to phone the RCMP,” said Tom.

Destiny was 21-years-old when she was killed on the Nadleh reserve and left behind a young daughter.

The hearings in Smithers will continue throughout today and tomorrow. Those that still want to tell their story will be accommodated at the hearings, according to the commission.

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