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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Inquiry needs to look forward, not just back, say advocates

By Christopher Guly      

The Native Women’s Association of Canada has complained about the inquiry's lack focus on the justice system and areas under provincial or territorial jurisdiction.

From the left, Liberal MP Kamal Khera, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Status of Women Minister Patty Hadju, and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announce details of the long-awaited inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women on Aug. 3.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

As a national inquiry gets underway into the thousands of indigenous women who have been murdered or have gone missing over the last 30-some years, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) says it hopes this process will help save lives and stop violence in the future, but it also voiced concerns about the inquiry's limited scope. In a detailed analysis of the inquiry’s terms of reference, the NWAC said there is no mention of the justice system and that commissioners are

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