Today, one of the two lawyers representing the aboriginal women Pickton targeted, in complete frustration, packed it in.
By comparison, the police were represented by no less than 24 lawyers, a large number of which are being paid for by the public.Lawyer Robyn Gervais, who was appointed to represent the interests of aboriginals at the hearings, has resigned after complaining the focus has almost entirely been on police and not the First Nations women Pickton targeted."Given that these hearings are largely about missing and murdered aboriginal, I didn't think I'd have to fight to have their voices heard," she said."I think I should have been provided those four days without any question."Gervais says she has faced resistance in calling First Nations witnesses, making it impossible to investigate whether systemic bias played a part in the failure of police to catch Pickton.
Commissioner Wally Oppal says he's disappointed Gervais has decided to resign, and that the only way to have a voice at the inquiry is to be there.Why shouldn't they? All they were permitted to do was sit and watch the boys with yellow stripes on their pants throw up smokescreens.
"You always had my support, I just want you to know, and you still have my support," he said.
"I want the aboriginal community to come here and I'll say it one more time — it doesn't do anyone any good, particularly aboriginal interests, to walk away from an inquiry."
There was a lot of concern about the appointment of Oppal.
There still is.