Canada PM sidesteps calls to reboot inquiry into missing, murdered Indigenous women and girls

00:05  14 july  2017
00:05  14 july  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

Commissioner Marilyn Poitras resigns from inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls

  Commissioner Marilyn Poitras resigns from inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls Commissioner Marilyn Poitras resigns from inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls has been rocked by another resignation.Saskatchewan lawyer Marilyn Poitras is leaving the inquiry, according to a resignation letter she submitted on Monday and obtained by the Star. In the letter, Poitras said she is unable to continue her position at the inquiry, saying “I am unable to perform my duties as a commissioner with the process designed in its current structure.” She is the first commissioner to resign from the inquiry.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is giving no indication he is willing to intervene in the independent inquiry his government launched to examine the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls .

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is giving no indication he is willing to intervene to calm rising frustrations around the independent inquiry his government launched to examine the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls .

File: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau © Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press File: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is giving no indication he is willing to intervene in the independent inquiry his government launched to examine the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Trudeau faces a call from a coalition of frustrated families who suggest the time has come for him to restart the inquiry and rebuild it "from the ground up."

One of the inquiry's five commissioners quit this week, saying the process was unworkable.

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The prime minister says the national public inquiry always faced a "tremendously difficult task", adding his government will engage with the commission to respond to the concerns of families who are seeking justice.

He also says Canada has dealt "inadequately" for decades with the ongoing national tragedy.

Trudeau's government has earmarked $53.8 million for the two-year study launched last summer.

Chief commissioner Marion Buller has indicated more time and funding will be required but she cannot say when a formal request will be made to Ottawa.

Indigenous Groups Ditch Premiers Meet, Ask For Seat At The Table Instead .
EDMONTON — Canada's premiers met with a reduced group of Indigenous leaders Monday after three national bodies — including the Assembly of First Nations — boycotted the event. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said work was done discussing issues such as the socioeconomic challenges for Indigenous women and the state of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. "I think we reached agreement and a fairly shared common purpose on these issues, and I think we'll see some good work coming out of it,'' Notley told reporters. She and the leaders of Canada's provinces and territories met with National Chief Robert Bertrand of Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women's Association of Canada. Referring to the absentees, Notley said, "Although we regret that they were not here today, we are fully committed to engaging with these leaders face-to-face around a common table. "We are also steadfast in our resolve to making progress on issues that are critically important to Indigenous people.'' Earlier Monday, the heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council announced in Toronto they were boycotting the meeting to draw attention to their bid for "full and meaningful inclusion'' in the larger annual gathering of provincial and territorial leaders known as the Council of the Federation.

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