Feds Announce Phase One of Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
Prince George, B.C. – The federal government has announced what the first phase of its inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women will look like.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says it will include a website to allow Canadians to share their input and to learn more about the process.
In turn, she says that feedback will help determine the terms of reference for the inquiry.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould added the government will consult with the families of victims over the next couple of months for input on how the inquiry should be designed and what it should accomplish.
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton expressed their support for a national inquiry this morning.
“Our government has been clear that we support a national inquiry,” read a statement. “We will be happy to share the learnings and progress coming out of our own Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry here in B.C. as well as any input we can provide on ways to improve safety for Indigenous women and girls.”
Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty also supports the government’s initiative but with one caveat.
“My only concern is to make sure that everything that we’re doing, we’re working with the families, working with the communities, working with the regional agencies to make sure those monies are best spent, or spent in the right way and that the monies that are intended for that actually get spent in the right places.”
A report tabled by the RCMP last year found nearly 1,200 documented cases of missing and murdered indigenous women between 1980 and 2012.