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Thunder Bay's MMIWG community hearing delayed 3 months

The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls updated its schedule for community hearings, and publicized it on social media on Wednesday.

Hearings in Saskatoon and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut also rescheduled

Thunder Bay's scheduled community hearing for the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has been pushed back three months. (CBC)

The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has delayed the date it is scheduled to stop in Thunder Bay, Ont., by three months.

Two other communities — Saskatoon and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut — have also had their scheduled hearings pushed back.

The inquiry is tasked with examining the systemic causes of violence directed against Indigenous women and girls across Canada and to find a way to memorialize the missing and murdered victims, estimated to be in the thousands.

Thunder Bay was slated to be the first stop for the inquiry in the fall, with community hearings in the northwestern Ontario city set to start September 10.

The schedule on the national inquiry's website was changed to show that a community visit is now planned for September 11, with the actual hearings starting during the week of December 4.

Saskatoon saw its hearing moved from the week of October 23 to the week of November 20. Hearings in Rankin Inlet have been pushed back a week from the originally-announced December 4 start date.

The changes were announced on social media on Wednesday. Inquiry staff had announced the fall schedule, with Thunder Bay as its first stop, earlier in July.

The inquiry has come under fire from a number of families and grassroots organizations, with many — but not all — withdrawing support. A number of inquiry staff, and one of the commissioners, have also left over the past several weeks.

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