It’ll take two years and cost $53.8 million for the federal government to launch an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.
That’s about $13 million more than they originally thought, as the terms of the inquiry were announced Wednesday in Gatineau Quebec. The process is supposed to be at arm’s length from the government, and will get started on September 1st.
Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould says launching this inquiry shows that the government is committed to honouring the lives of missing and murdered indigenous women. Wilson-Raybould was a BC regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations.
Five people have been named to head up the commission:
– Marion Buller: chief commissioner, B.C.’s first female First Nations judge
– Michele Audette: former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada
– Qajaq Robinson: An Ottawa-based, Nunavut-born lawyer who practices civil litigation with an emphasis on aboriginal law
– Marilyn Poitras: a professor at the University of Saskatchewan professor with a focus on indigenous law
– Brian Eyolfson: First Nations lawyer based in Ontario
The purpose of the probe is to discover the root causes of the disappearance and killing of these women, and the commission will help recommend ways to protect the rights of Indigenous women and girls. (kdr)