Calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada will be answered next month.
The federal government has announced that as of September 1st, five commissioners will investigate the systemic causes behind the violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls.
It will be lead by British Columbia’s first female First Nations judge Marion Buller.
Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard with the Native Women’s Association of Canada is impressed with the composition of the commission and believes that this inquiry will highlight what needs to be fixed.
“Police and the child welfare system are going to be addressed within this inquiry and that is fundamental because we known those systems are broken.”
Lavell-Harvard says this process will also provide an opportunity to dig deeper into many of the questions that continue to linger in the minds of family members.
“We’re hoping that if these families don’t get the answers they need going back through the current system that these commissioners are going to be looking into the areas where they need to…. and helping those families get justice.”
The team of five will be able to request documents and call up witnesses to give evidence.
The inquiry is expected to last at least two years at a cost of 53.8-million dollars.
A final report with recommendations on how to remove systemic violence and honour missing and murdered indigenous women is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.