MMIWG hearings in Montreal: Family scorns government’s ‘pack of lies’

Before heading to Montreal to testify, Françoise Ruperthouse asked her 84-year-old mother what she should say, or rather, what message she would like her to send. 

“She told me to show my fist to the government,” Ruperthouse said Tuesday morning, raising her right fist in the air while speaking before the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

“She said, ‘Show your fist to the government that took away my two children.’”

Two of Françoise Ruperthouse’s siblings, Tony and Emily, disappeared under uncertain circumstances in the late 1950s. Both had been airlifted to a hospital in Amos from Pikogan, in the Abitibi region, about a year apart. 

The family lost track of them from there. 

Tony, 2 or 3 at the time, was transferred to a hospital in Baie-St-Paul, without the family ever knowing. The family was first told he died soon after, but were later…

Original published: 2018-03-13 15:54:24 Read the full Montreal News here

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