Murdered and Missing Women and Girls Inquiry to Start Hearings in Smithers
Prince George, B.C.- The Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls is in Smithers today, for the first of three days of submissions.
This is the only stop the troubled Commission will be making in B.C. The Commission has taken heat for a number of issues says Skeena-Bulkley MP Nathan Cullen “There has been a lot of concerns about this inquiry about how it’s set up, the many, many people that have quit, the bad communication with family and on and on. It’s been a serious, serious problem.”
Cullen will be attending the full three days of the hearings in Smithers. ” I am there to be with the families to stand with them and to make sure that they don’t get victimized one more time.”
According to Cullen the Inquiry has already spent about 40% of its budget on bureaucrats in Ottawa “When you hear things like that, then they don’t have funding to help families travel to have their stories told, you get very concerned about where this thing is headed.”
The Smithers hearings will start at 9 each morning and run until 5 each afternoon. While the public is welcome to attend the sessions, those unable to be there in person can watch the proceedings live streamed on the Commission’s website, or its facebook page.