CBC News — Manitoba MMIWG advocates call for action after national inquiry given 6-month extension
Manitoba advocates for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls expressed mixed feelings Tuesday after learning the national inquiry looking into the issue was given a six-month extension.
Indigenous advocate Leah Gazan said she's long since lost confidence in the inquiry and believes money would be better spent directly supporting Indigenous communities and families.
Others, though, hold out hope the inquiry will be a healing experience, at least for some families.
The advocacy group Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak described the inquiry as "bungled" and said in a Tuesday news release that "granting the commissioners more time does not seem to be a good use of resources."
"Instead of granting an extension for the bungled inquiry, it's time to see resources directed to supporting families and survivors affected by the issues around MMIWG," MKO Grand Chief Sheila North said in the statement.
After months of controversy and numerous personnel changes, the national inquiry — originally scheduled to submit its final report Nov. 1 of this year — now has until April 30, 2019 to complete it.
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