The federal government’s long-awaited inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women is now in the hands of the people who will carry out the probe.
This morning several Liberal cabinet ministers announced the terms of the inquiry, unveiling the work will need at least $13.8 million more than originally expected.
Five commissioners will start the inquiry September 1st and it’s expected to be a two year process.
The Trudeau government has set side 53.8 million dollars for the inquiry but admits that number could increase.
Wednesday’s news conference by Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, and Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu marks the end of the government’s work to design the scope of the study.
The commissioners are:
Marion Buller: chief commissioner, B.C.’s first female First Nations judge
Michele Audette: former president of the Native Women’s Association of CanadaQajaq Robinson: An Ottawa-based, Nunavut-born lawyer who practices civil litigation with an emphasis on aboriginal law
Marilyn Poitras: A professor at the University of Saskatchewan with a focus on indigenous law
Brian Eyolfson: First Nations lawyer based in Ontario
In May 2014, the RCMP released a report documenting nearly 12-hundred murdered and missing women between 1980 and 2012. A year later it said 32 aboriginal women had been murdered and 11 more had disappeared since its initial count.