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BC judge to lead inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

The federal government has announced the make-up of its long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, and Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu announced the inquiry details in Gatineau, Quebec Wednesday.

The five-person panel will be led by BC’s first female First Nations judge Marion Buller.  The other commissioners are:

  • Michèle Audette
  • Qajaq Robinson
  • Marilyn Poitras
  • Brian Eyolfson

The commission is slated to begin its work September 1st and will take at least two years at a cost of $53.8 million, about 13.8 million more than was initially expected

The  ministers say the process is built to be arms-length from the government and will have the same powers as any court in a civil case to enforce attendance of witnesses and compel them to give evidence.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the inquiry cannot undo the injustices of the past, but she says it can review past events, reflect on where things are at, and chart a path moving forward.

 

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