Cross Country Checkup

MMIW inquiry: what are your hopes and fears?

It was a day many thought would never arrive. This week the government revealed the mandate for the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. What are your hopes and fears for this long-awaited investigation? With host Duncan McCue.
Pictures of missing, murdered and found indigenous women lined the venue where the feast and round dance were held. (Victoria Dinh/CBC)

It was a day many thought would never arrive. This week the government revealed the mandate for the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. What are your hopes and fears for this long-awaited investigation?

Host of Cross Country Checkup, Duncan McCue. Duncan is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario. (CBC)
"Imagine if it was your daughter. Imagine if it was your sister. Imagine if it was your mother. Would you not do everything to make sure that there were answers."

It was a day many thought would never come. The government unveiled the mandate for the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women. It was a key promise in the Liberal election platform, and now we know the commissioners, their marching orders, and the cost: over $50 million.

The evidence is clear: Indigenous women and girls suffer unconscionably high rates of violence in Canada. Now, it's up to the commissioners to explain why and offer solutions.

Many questions have been raised: that the commission's powers too broad in scope, or have they fall short. For years, families called for examinations of policing and child welfare… does this inquiry have teeth to do that? Will it put an end to the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in this country?

We address these questions and more in this episode of Cross Country Checkup. Our question: What are your hopes and fears for this long-awaited investigation?​

Guests

Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Twitter: @Carolyn_Bennett 
Interview begins at 00:02:45

Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women. MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North
Twitter: @PattyHajdu
Interview begins at 00:24:56

Garry Clement, former RCMP Superintendant, President and CEO Clement Advisory Group, in Colbourne, ON
Twitter: @GarryClement
Interview begins at 00:50:10

Sheila North-Wilson, Grand Chief, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak 
Twitter: @shenorthwilson
Interview begins at 01:05:11


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