Relatives of P.E.I. woman tell inquiry that Indigenous lives matter

The family of an Aboriginal woman from Prince Edward Island who died a suspicious death says they want people to know her life mattered.

Relatives of Mary Francis Paul spoke before the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls today in Moncton, N.B.

They say they know few details about Paul's death and want to know if police investigated.

Barbara Bernard says her mother, from Scotchfort, P.E.I., was a heavy drinker when she went out with friends but always returned home and cared for her family.

However Bernard says one night her mother didn't return, and she learned days later she had been found dead near the water with a broken neck.

Bernard says she only discovered 12 years later that the death may have been suspicious, and the body had been in a metal bin, but never learned more from police.