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

While missing or murdered Indigenous women inquiry stalls, grim list grows: Kabatay

  While missing or murdered Indigenous women inquiry stalls, grim list grows: Kabatay While missing or murdered Indigenous women inquiry stalls, grim list grows: Kabatay Another delay, another family living in pain waiting for answers.On Tuesday, a Manitoba grand chief called for the resignation of the national missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry’s chief commissioner.Last week, the inquiry’s executive director resigned, the fourth staffer to resign in the month of June.In May, the inquiry held its first public meeting with families in Whitehorse, but has since announced plans to delay testimonies from other families until the fall.

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 .

WINNIPEG — There were more calls Wednesday for major changes to the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women , including the resignation of all remaining commissioners. "We think that it would be in the best interests of the Indigenous women of Canada that the current

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.

Former MMIW commissioner explains her resignation .
The National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls is missing a crucial opportunity to take a meaningful new approach to its interactions with First Peoples, says former commissioner Marilyn Poitras. After decades of struggle to draw attention to the epidemic of violence against their women, indigenous families and communities are being treated […]The National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls is missing a crucial opportunity to take a meaningful new approach to its interactions with First Peoples, says former commissioner Marilyn Poitras.

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