National MMIWG inquiry asks Ottawa for an extension – Nunatsiaq online

by pmnationtalk on December 5, 2017109 Views

December 05, 2017

Commission is now 15 months into two-year mandate

Commissioners with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls say they will ask the federal government for an extension to their two-year mandate.

The commission noted this plan in a statement on Friday, Dec. 1, the same day the inquiry wrapped up a week of hearings in Mani-Utenam, an Innu community in northeastern Quebec.

Commissioners haven’t said how much more time they need to complete their mandate, which is currently set to end next fall.

The inquiry is about 15 months into its initial two-year mandate, and it’s been just three months since commissioners began hosting community hearings across the country.

Already, the commission has made changes to its schedule. The inquiry was set to hold its first Nunavut hearing in Rankin Inlet starting Dec. 11, but commissioners announced Nov. 24 that they would have to postpone the hearing because the local venue booked to host the event wasn’t private enough.

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