Is the MMIWG Inquiry doomed?
Sunday on Cross Country Checkup: The future of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
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Marilyn Poitras's resignation as a commissioner of the MMIWG Inquiry is just the latest in a series of high-profile departures and controversies that has cast doubt over the process. Still, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett has vowed to forge ahead. Many families are saying they've lost trust in in the inquiry - while others say they've waited too long for it to be dismantled.
"My main concern is that this commission is going down a tried road. And if it worked, we would all be so fixed and healthy by now. It doesn't work," Poitras told Duncan McCue, explaining why she resigned as a commissioner from the MMIWG inquiry this week.
Her resignation is yet another blow to an inquiry dogged with problems since day one.
This inquiry was one of Justin Trudeau's first commitments upon becoming Prime Minister. It was a promise to examine "the uncomfortable truths" behind a national tragedy - the high rates of violence suffered by Indigenous women in Canada and the disturbing numbers of disappearance and death.
But the $53-million-dollar Inquiry came under fire early on - criticized by some for having no teeth and being unable to open cold cases or properly investigate complaints of police discrimination.
Five commissioners were appointed last August. It wasn't long before family members of the missing and murdered began expressing frustrations about lack of consultation, poor communication, repeated delays, and feelings of disrespect.
The inquiry held its first hearing this spring, but turmoil persists - fuelled by the departure of several key staff members and now, the resignation of Commissioner Poitras.
What do you think about the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls?
Some say they've waited too long for it to be dismantled now. Is it on the right track, as the federal Minister of Indigenous Affairs insists? Should the inquiry get more money and an extension, which the Chief Commissioner says it needs? Or as more and more Indigenous groups argue, is it time for a reset?
Our question this week: Is the MMIWG Inquiry doomed?
Resigned former commissioner of MMIWG Inquiry
Sister of a murdered Indigenous woman
Chief of the Cheam First Nation in B.C.
President of the Ontario Native Women's Association
Associate professor of political science at Dalhousie University
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