AFN chiefs call for changes to na­tional MMIW in­quiry

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

REGINA — As­sem­bly of First Na­tions chiefs have re­jected a call for Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau to re­place the com­mis­sion­ers on the na­tional in­quiry into miss­ing and mur­dered Indige­nous women and girls. How­ever, the chiefs, who were gath­ered for a meet­ing in Regina on Thurs­day, did pass a res­o­lu­tion call­ing for changes to the in­quiry, ask­ing the fed­eral govern­ment to re­set and al­ter its man­date and process.

That pleased Car­son Poitras, whose step­daugh­ter Happy Charles has been miss­ing in Saskatchewan since early April. Poitras wanted the com­mis­sion­ers to stay on. “If we do a hard re­set of the in­quiry ... we may or may not even get the in­quiry again be­cause it’ll take a cou­ple of years for that to hap­pen. We don’t need that,” said Poitras.

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