First Nations Advocates “Cautiously Optimistic” About Inquiry

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
First Nations Advocates "Cautiously Optimistic" About Inquiry

The federal government has announced a national inquiry looking into violence against Aboriginal women and girls. Carrier Sekani Family Services executive director Mary Teegee says she’s cautiously optimistic the inquiry will make a difference. Teegee says the Trudeau government has expressed interest in reconciliation with First Nations people; but previously, many levels of government have made promises they haven’t kept. Teegee believes the most important part of the inquiry will be the aftermath; she hopes government will actually implement its recommendations in a timely manner to protect First Nations women and girls. Local Highway of Tear Initiative coordinator Brenda Wilson says after 22 years of pushing for it, it’s surreal that the inquiry is finally happening. Ottawa has named 5 commissioners to hold the inquiry. It’s set to begin September 1, taking at least 2 years and upwards of $53 million to complete.

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