Amnesty International forum to visit Fort St. John tomorrow evening

Amnesty International's Craig Benjamin Photo: Jessica Fedigan

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Amnesty International will be in Fort St. John tomorrow evening at the North Peace Cultural Centre at 7:00 pm, to talk follow up on a release by Amnesty International today.

Craig Benjamin with Amnesty International says the forum will help dive deeper into issues that aren’t being discussed.

“Looking at the issues of the safety and well being of Indigenous women in the Northeast. We released the report today, and the forum is to bring the report back to the community that it originated with and to provide people with an opportunity to ask questions of us, but more importantly to help push the conversation another step further.”

Benjamin says they did around 2 years worth of research leading up to the report that was released earlier today.

“Every step, we heard confirmation of the same story from all directions. We heard it from industry, we heard it from local government, we heard it from provincial government and we heard it from grassroots members of Indigenous communities and we heard it from First Nations leadership.”

He says everybody knows of the issues going on but not enough public discussion is being made and that is what they hope to change. The report was titled: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Gender, Indigenous Rights, and Energy Development in Northeast B.C.

Panelists will include:

  • Director of Women’s Resource Society
  • Acting Mayor of Fort St. John
  • Representative of the RCMP
  • Among others

“We’re expecting a fantastic turnout of community activists, local government and provincial government officials.”

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