As of July 25, 2016, the Commission has received a total of 444 cases. Of these, 238 cases have been reviewed. Individual applicants who contacted the Commission totalled 97 and 40 of these were seeking counselling. In addition, 77 individuals who have contacted the Motherisk Commission on their own were seeking a legal review as well.
The Commissioner, along with her Counsel on Indigenous Issues, Marian Jacko, recently made presentations about the Motherisk Commission at a number of Indigenous events. They travelled to Wahta First Nation to speak at the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians Assembly. The same week, they addressed the Anishnawbek Nation Grand Council Assembly on the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation on Manitoulin Island. The Commissioner is seeking the advice and assistance of the First Nation leadership to bring information about the mandate of the Commission to members of Indigenous communities who may have been affected by the Motherisk laboratory testing. The Commissioner then travelled to North Bay, Ontario, where she and Lead Counsel, Lorne Glass, presented at the bi-annual conference of the Counsel for Children’s Aid Societies.