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MMIW inquiry commissioner resigns

Marilyn Poitras’ resignation comes shortly after the departure of the commission’s executive director


 
Marilyn Poitras, one of the commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, takes part in a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. The inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women says Poitras has resigned as a commissioner. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Marilyn Poitras, one of the commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, takes part in a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

OTTAWA – A commissioner has resigned from the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Marilyn Poitras’ resignation comes shortly after the departure of the commission’s executive director, Michele Moreau, who cited personal reasons for leaving.

Poitras was named last summer to the highly-anticipated inquiry along with four others.

She has worked as an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan since 2009.

The departure adds to a rocky path the inquiry has walked for months as it tries to tackle a massive mandate set for it by the Trudeau Liberals.

The commission has faced critiques from families frustrated at the pace of consultations and communications. Four staffers have resigned in recent months.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett is scheduled to meet with reporters on Parliament Hill this morning to address the resignation.

Last week, the chief commissioner defended the inquiry’s work, saying it has built a process from scratch with a tight deadline to file its final report.

“Things are not drifting. We have to put this in the right context. We started on Sept. 1, four commissioners and myself and a piece of paper, our terms of reference. In eight months, we hired staff, we opened offices, we put life to our terms of reference and we held our first hearing,” Marion Buller said.

“In my view, that’s lightning speed.”

Buller also said she would not step down despite calls for a complete reset on the inquiry process.

The federal government gave the commissioners a budget of about $53.9 million and asked them to complete their work by the end of 2018, with an interim report expected this November.

Buller has already indicated more time and funding will be required.


 

MMIW inquiry commissioner resigns

  1. This does not tell us a thing as to why she and other have resigned, just gives the impression there is a problem when there might be none. Need more clear reporting here to stop speculations.

    • just before I saw the paycheck which was of $9068 , I did not believe …that…my father in law was like they say actually taking home money in there spare time on their computer. . there brothers friend haz done this for less than seven months and at present paid the loans on there appartment and got a new Lotus.
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  2. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark…

    The rats are fleeing a sinking ship…

    A whole lot of “consultants” are getting rich writing a final report with no testimony from the families. How can anything the victims say be incorporated into a final report given the timeline for the commission and for the interim and final report? This entire thing is a farce.

    The commission is sitting around in Ottawa getting paid instead of getting out on the hustings and hearing from the families.

    Another Trudeau betrayal of his promises to indigenous Canadians.

  3. If only 11 million of the 56 is spent and the first year is almost complete, it would appear the inquiry is in good shape for a preliminary report in November. There should be some $45 million left to wrap things up by the end of 2018. Why are people saying it’s going to need more time and money? Wouldn’t that be part of a ‘final’ report, or at the very least, with some very good reasoning , come November?

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