Indigenous women tell inquiry of abuse, call for systemic change

By Amy Smart THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER- A longtime advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women told her own story of abuse on the last scheduled day of public hearings for a national inquiry Sunday. Bernie Williams, who has fought for women on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for 30 years, said her abuse began at age three. “At the age of 11 to 12 years old, six of us girls were sold into the sex trade work,’’ said Williams, who is now 60. “As many of you know, I don’t wear shorts very often, because I have cigarette burns all through my legs right up to my back. This is what we endured. We were just kids.’’ Metro Vancouver’s hearings on Sunday were the last that were scheduled for the National…

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