Profound disappointment; that’s the reaction from the National Inquiry to the government’s 6-month extension to its mandate.
Chief Commissioner Marion Buller says the government has put political expediency before the safety of Indigenous women and girls.
“The National Inquiry is hearing families’ and survivors’ truths for all Canadians, so that we can make positive change from the devastating events and systemic harm done to Indigenous women, girls, Two-spirited people and Indigenous families. There remains much work to be done. We are disappointed that the Government of Canada does not believe this is worth another 24 months.”
Gladys Radek, whose niece Tamara Chipman went missing along the Highway of Tears, says the decision is one more blow to families.
“We believe that the requested two year extension was necessary to truly honour the loved ones lost as well as survivors. This is difficult work, and after waiting so long for justice and change, this is a short- sighted decision.”
The Commission says its priority for the extra time will be to finish gathering statements from the more than 500 family members and survivors.