Federal Government Announces Terms for Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls #cdnpoli #MMIWG

The federal government announced the terms for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Marion Buller, British Columbia’s first female First Nations judge, was revealed as chief commissioner of the five-member panel.

The other commissioners are:

The other commissioners are:

Michèle Audette: leading women’s First Nations advocate, Innu francophone and former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada

Qajaq Robinson: Ottawa-based lawyer specializing in Aboriginal issues and land and treaty claims, born in Nunavut

Marilyn Poitras: constitutional and Aboriginal law expert at the University of Saskatchewan

Brian Eyolfson: First Nations and human rights lawyer, former vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

The inquiry will begin Sept. 1 and run until Dec. 31, 2018, at an estimated cost of $53.8 million.

The government is taking an arm’s length approach and it’s up to the commission to decide when and where to meet and who to interview. The commission will have the authority to summon witnesses and compel documents.

The commission will examine the factors driving a systemic, high rate of violence against Indigenous women and girls, and the role of various institutions, including police forces, governments and coroners’ offices.

It will also review various federal and provincial laws, but will not find criminal liability.

Dawn Lavell-Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), says she’s grateful the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women is in the spotlight, but worried about the commission’s direction. She’s concerned that family members won’t be able to reopen cases through the justice system.

The commission’s interim report is due before Nov. 1, 2017, and a final report with their expectations exactly a year later.

Source: CBC

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