MMIWG inquiry process needs to improve – Law Times

by ahnationtalk on April 16, 2018268 Views

April 16, 2018

Last month, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls requested a two-year extension and up to $50 million in order to complete its mandate. The federal government established the MMIWG inquiry in September 2016 after decades of activism by Indigenous women’s organizations to raise the alarm about the disproportionate targeting of Indigenous women and girls for violent death and disappearance in Canada. Tragically, more than 1,200 Indigenous women and girls were killed or disappeared by the time the inquiry was created.

Before the inquiry was established, I wrote that while I supported the call for a national inquiry, it would be critical to choose the right commissioners and ensure a process with a good media strategy to engage the broader public. I recommended the inquiry hold public hearings that are not “lawyer-driven,” welcome independent research, provide opportunities for civil society engagement and hold institutional, community and expert hearings. Otherwise, there was a risk that the inquiry could become a wasteful, frustrating, missed opportunity.

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