Emotional Testimony At MMIWG National Inquiry Community Hearing

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:04 AM

An outpouring of emotion at community hearings being held in Moncton as a part of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Pam Fillier was one of several victims to speak.   Her 16 year old daughter Hilary Bonnell went missing on the Burnt Church reserve in September 2009.

She says there was disappointment with the RCMP, "We called the police and nothing.  I thought if I told them I can't find my daughter, they would look for her, but they didn't.  My community did."

Through tears, she remembers the day she was told that they had found her daughter on November 13th, 2009, "I walked in the church and there was an Officer standing at the end, in front of the altar.  When I got to him,  he just looked at me.  That's when he said, they found my little girl. My first question was, where is she?  I don't even remember what he said after that..  I just remember shoving them and trying to fight them.   Trying to rip the pews out of the floorboards.  I damned God in his own church because I was so angry.  I felt like I was giving him my faith to bring her back to me.  At that moment I felt like there was no God.  That was the hardest day of my life."

Fillier says if anything, she felt as though Hilary brought Canada together, "Where there was racism and fighting, there was none.  Where the native people and the French people would fight, they weren't fighting.  Everybody was together looking for her."

The hearing continues today in Moncton.   A youth panel will be present, including indigenous New Brunswickers.

The hearing can be viewed LIVE