It’s news many of Canada’s First Nations have been waiting for. The Federal Government has announced the first phase of an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the government will spend the next two months consulting victims’ families and getting their input into how the inquiry should be designed and what it needs to accomplish.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also met with members of the Assembly of First Nations in Gatineau, Quebec today. He told members that families impacted have waited long enough. He hops the inquiry will give them a chance to be heard and an opportunity to heal.
The Minister for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation says he’s in full support of the national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
“Our government has been clear that we support a national inquiry,: says John Rustad in a statement. “We will be happy to share the learnings and progress coming out of our own Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry here in B.C. as well as any input we can provide on ways to improve safety for Indigenous women
He adds, he fully expects the Government of BC to fully participate in any consultations and discussions that the federal government choose to hold as it develops plans around the inquiry.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formally committed to such an inquiry and will now begin the process of meeting with victims’ families to get their input on how the inquiry should look.