Canada’s Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett says she agrees with calls from the Assembly of First Nation to tweak the plagued National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
During an emotional week, chiefs at the Assembly of First Nation passed a resolution calling on the organization’s leadership to demand big changes at the inquiry, but voted against a proposal calling for the resignation of the inquiry’s commissioners.
“In the reset that the AFN called for are things that we agree with. That the communication has to improve, the relationship with the families has to improve,” Bennett told CBC Radio’s The House.
“This call and cry for a reset means the commission is now changing its ways to have much better communication.”
The AFN motion asks for the inquiry to be more transparent and make sure its public hearing process is less “legalistic.”
It also says families need to have more input into how it operates.
The resolution calls on government to provide more funding and resources to the commission so it can better carry out its mandate — which should also be extended beyond its current two years
Bennett said she and her cabinet colleagues will look into providing more healing support to families.
“We as a government know that we’ve got to do a better job with healing, with support. The family liaison offices that were set up as part of this commission to help families navigate the justice system, I understand, are extremely strong in some places, not as strong in other places,” Bennett said.
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