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Coalition raises concerns over MMIW national inquiry

A coalition representing missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is raising concerns over the recently announced national inquiry.

The coalition listed three main concerns in a release that was sent out last week.

It says their first concern is there isn’t a legally binding mechanism to compel provinces to provide evidence.

The coalition says the inquiry won’t be successful without full and proper disclosure.

The second and third concerns relate to unclear language over police participation in the terms of reference.

Mary Teegee of the Carrier Sekani Family Services, which is part of the coalition, says she’s cautiously optimistic the inquiry will be able to address the issue of violence against indigenous women.

The inquiry is slated to begin in September and will take at least two years at a cost of $53.8 million.

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