Family Hearings on MMIWG A Month Away
Prince George, B.C.- The long awaited national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women and girls is set to start family hearings during the week of May 29th.Skeena Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says getting to this point “Has been a bit frustrating.” Cullen says Ottawa has been more of a barrier rather than a help when it comes to accessing documents necessary for the inquiry “I know a lot of families are looking forward to having their opportunity. Hopes remain high that this will actually bring some understanding of the deeper issues.”
He blames the Federal Government for trying to limit the scope of the review “Ultimately though, this is an important promise to follow through on, It’s just taken a while to get started. It’s been 18 months now, and I think people are really keen to just have it get going.”
The commissioners have been mandated to examine the underlying historical, social, economic, institutional and cultural factors that contribute to the violence.
The Inquiry is set to start its first family hearing during the week of May 29th in Whitehorse. While there is a plan to hold a family hearing in Northern B.C. , the date and location have not yet been specified.
With a budget of $53.86 million dollars, the commission is to provide an interim report with recommendations by November 1 of this year, and its final report to the Federal Government by November 1 of 2018.