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Editorial Exchange: The inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous Women hasn’t made the case for a two-year extension – Ottawa Citizen

by ahnationtalk on April 16, 2018164 Views

April 16, 2018

An editorial from the Toronto Star, published April 15:

If there is one word to describe the imperative behind the mandate given to the commission looking into the tragedy of murdered and missing Indigenous women “urgency” would be a good one.

The Trudeau government could not have made that message more clear than it did by giving commissioners a tight two-year timeline to complete their work.

Time is of the essence. Indigenous leaders have pressed for the inquiry for more than a decade. And rightly so. Estimates of missing and murdered Indigenous women since 1980 range from an appalling 1,200 to the even more appalling figure of 4,000. They account for just 4 per cent of the population but 16 per cent of all murdered women in Canada.

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