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CBC News — 'My heart will not let me walk away': MMIWG inquiry commissioner Michèle Audette to stay on

 
Michèle Audette will remain with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (CBC)

Michèle Audette will remain with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (CBC)

Many leaders and family members have called for a "hard reset" of the commission in the past.

"I have lost pretty much all confidence in the inquiry at this point," said Leah Gazan, a University of Winnipeg faculty member and advocate for Indigenous women and girls.

She said the inquiry was intended to provide clear and well-researched calls to action.

"I don't think we need an inquiry to tell us that the systems are designed, perpetuated and supported by the federal government in a manner that violates the fundamental human rights of Indigenous people."

Gazan said she believes the inquiry's issues stem from previous leadership.

"I think it's bigger than [Audette]."

The inquiry has faced a high turnover in staff, including the departures of senior staff and commissioner Marilyn Poitras in 2017.

The inquiry is currently gathering testimony from government officials, police forces and experts.

 
 

Source

CBC News. (2018, June 20). 'My heart will not let me walk away': MMIWG inquiry commissioner Michèle Audette to stay on | CBC News. Retrieved January 13, 2019, from https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/michele-audette-stays-on-mmiwg-inquiry-1.4714331

 
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