The federal government has announced the beginning of a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal woman and girls.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the move in Gatineau, Que. on earlier today.
“As a first step, we will meet with the families in the national capital region, with the goal of hearing their views on the design of the inquiry and what it needs to achieve.”
That first phase will last two months, to be followed by a period of public feedback gathered online.
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The commissioner of B.C.’s missing women inquiry in 2012 says aboriginal people in this country have been treated terribly and many have given up hope of being heard.
“Listening to people is so important, and I’m particularly pleased when the announcement was made today, that the first phase of this inquiry will involve people going into the communities and listening to people.”
Speaking to CKNW’s Simi Sara, Oppal says the fact the Trudeau government is willing to launch the inquiry, acknowledge there is a problem, and hear from those affected is a “real step towards a solution.”
Premier Christy Clark says she’s already offered B.C.’s help.
“We are really happy to provide them with any information about our own experience. We are the only province in the country that has done a full inquiry into the issue so we have a lot of experience to offer.”