In­dige­nous women probe in trou­ble, say ad­vo­cates

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

More than 30 ad­vo­cates, in­dige­nous lead­ers and fam­ily mem­bers have pub­lished an open let­ter to the chief com­mis­sioner of the in­quiry into miss­ing and mur­dered in­dige­nous women, sug­gest­ing the process is in se­ri­ous trou­ble. The group says it is aware the com­mis­sion has a dif­fi­cult chal­lenge, but it sug­gests im­me­di­ate ac­tion must be taken to mit­i­gate dam­age and shift the cur­rent ap­proach of the in­quiry. The process, de­signed to cost $53.8 mil­lion and take two years, is led by Marion Buller, the first fe­male First Na­tions judge in Bri­tish Columbia, and has four other com­mis­sion­ers. Sig­na­to­ries of the let­ter say the time frame for the in­quiry is “clearly too short.” They say the com­mis­sion­ers should for­mally re­quest an ex­ten­sion from the fed­eral govern­ment now.

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