Canada’s new indigenous and northern affairs minister says consultations for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women will begin within the next couple of weeks.
In an interview with the Canadian Press, Carolyn Bennett says the Liberal government’s pre-inquiry consultations will involve families of victims, provincial and territorial governments, and other organizations.
Bennett says establishing the terms for the inquiry, its mandate, and how many commissioners should conduct the work will be key.
The Liberals campaigned on a promise to spend $40 million over two years on the long-awaited study.
BC-based advocacy groups caution the federal government not to go down the road that BC government did with the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.
They say former attorney general Wally Oppal’s probe failed to consult families of the missing and murdered and the province has failed to implement many of the recommendations, including transit service along the Highway of Tears between Prince George and Prince Rupert.