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« Reply #45 on: March 10, 2018, 01:00:14 PM »
We have I think all been fair in our comments. We are trying to say, we see both sides of the story.   We believe there are some very bad white people, as one of the posters said, murderers, rapists and we could go on and on. What we are trying to say is, everyone has choices, that is what I stated and it does not matter what color your skin is, you could be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I have a friend who has a son missing for about 16 years, he is white, she never had anyone contact her about him missing until last year. The police feel he was murdered in another province of Canada, his body was never found, so that is just an example. There are many out there missing and presumed dead. It is like trying to find a needle in a hay stack.  There is a native Reserve here just about three miles from me.  We go up there for a coffee at Tim's, we shop in their Drug Store, we go to their small casinos, they have a brand new arena, they have a walking track in the arena, My friend and I were up there walking the track. And actually most of the people there were not native persons, they were locals that use their facility.  They are fine and generous people. We are not saying a word about your personalities or your community.   We all have a right to opinions and  do not hate anybody. We do not hate, if someone has done you wrong in some sense, it is that person you should be angry with and not the whole of Canada.  That is all I have to say on this. 


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« Reply #46 on: May 14, 2018, 11:19:55 PM »
People are not happy all across Canada. Several people organizing the inquiry have left, but the head of the inquiry, Judge Buller said the show will go on. They had an 8 month late start which she claimed was her doing due to organization at the beginning and she also stated they will need much more time and at least another 60 million.
I don't understand why they forged ahead when there were many complaints from the very people the inquiry was to help.

Diane Bigeagle says she hasn't been very impressed with the national Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Today, Bigeagle, along with many Indigenous families and organizations across the country, signed an open letter stating that the inquiry "is in serious trouble" and needs to "fundamentally shift its approach."

"We're all frustrated," said Bigeagle. "It's going too slow."

Families, activists demand extension to 'disorganized, haphazard' missing and murdered inquiry​
Missing and Murdered: Danita Faith Bigeagle
​Families disagree with MMIWG inquiry commission's reason to postpone hearings
Earlier this month, an inquiry spokesperson told reporters that the commission wouldn't hold hearings this summer because families would be hunting or travelling during that time. The delay is only one of many problems families have had with the process.

"How many of us that have missing and murdered people are going to go trapping and hunting?" she said. "I found that so ridiculous."

Bigeagle's daughter, Danita Faith, has been missing since 2007. After her disappearance, her mother has become an outspoken advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women.

It isn't an option for this inquiry to fail. There are too many families that have been waiting for it.
- Professor Julie Kaye
She said an inquiry hearing in Regina last year was chaotic, with family members shouting at the inquiry. She said her hearing did not have elders present, something that could have helped defuse a tense situation.

"If you're having a problem, they're the ones you go to, to those old men sitting in the corner," she said. "They'll calm you down. They'll reason with you. They'll tell you this is what's going to happen."

Bigeagle said the inquiry hasn't done a good job at communicating with families and she is frustrated it won't be looking into possible police misconduct.

Danita Faith Bigeagle was last seen in 2007. (Sheryl Rennie/CBC)
"When they first came to Regina, we thought it was going along really good," she said. "Then it was like they hit a brick wall."

Failure not an option
Bigeagle isn't alone. People across the country have been voicing their displeasure on the inquiry's work.

"There are feelings of being retraumatized," said University of Saskatchewan professor Julie Kaye, one of the letter's signatories. "A lot of concern has been raised across the country."

Kaye said a number of concerns, from the inquiry's independence from the federal government to meetings that were suddenly cancelled, have created doubt for families.

"All these things have created a lot of uncertainty and confusion among the community," she said. "The need for strong leadership that really has that overarching vision in mind."

However, Kaye said she is hopeful the inquiry will be able to turn itself around.

"It isn't an option for this inquiry to fail," she said. "There are too many families that have been waiting for it, and are needing to see it work."

The commission is mandated to submit an interim report by Nov. 1 and produce a final report exactly one year later.

The commission has stated it intends to submit the interim report by its deadline and fulfil its mandate.


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« Reply #47 on: May 14, 2018, 11:22:26 PM »

Missing and murdered inquiry needs extension and new approach, families and activists say
Letter from Indigenous leaders and grassroots activists complain families have been 'left in the dark'
John Paul Tasker · CBC News · Posted: May 15, 2017 3:06 PM ET | Last Updated: May 15, 2017

Prominent Indigenous leaders and activists are urging Marion Buller, chief commissioner of the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, to seek an extension to its mandate. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press )
A number of prominent Indigenous leaders and grassroots activists are demanding a fundamental rethink of the entire inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, as concerns about delays, bad communication, and poor organization begin to boil over.

In a letter sent to the inquiry's chief commissioner, former B.C. judge Marion Buller, the signatories warn that, in their eyes, the inquiry is in such a sorry state that it must secure an extension to its original timeline.

"We are deeply concerned with the continued lack of communication that is causing anxiety, frustration and confusion, and with disappointment in this long-awaited process," the letter says. "We request that you, as leader of this inquiry, substantially rework your approach in order to regain trust and ensure that families are no longer feeling retraumatized in this process."

The first interim report of the landmark inquiry is due Nov. 1, 2017, giving commissioners only a few months to meet with families and other interveners who want to provide testimony. The inquiry announced last week that it would suspend planned family meetings until the fall — citing demands from family members who will be out on the land this summer hunting — and will now hear from experts on violence against women instead.

The final report is expected by the end of 2018.

The commission has said it intends to submit its reports by those deadlines, and fulfil its mandate as set out in its terms of reference.

"The timeframe for this inquiry is clearly too short," the writers say in response to the commission's insistence an extension is not necessary.

"We recommend that you formally request an extension now rather than wait. This will enable you to use the time this summer to seriously consider how the inquiry can be reformatted to address the myriad of concerns being raised widely across the country."

A spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the Liberal government is confident the inquiry has enough time and resources to get its important work done.

Inquiry has faced delays
The letter's signatories, including more than 50 people and organizations, say proceedings so far have been "shrouded in secrecy," with dribs and drabs about the inquiry's process leaked to the news media.

The inquiry has been plagued by delays and personnel problems, and its director of communications, Michael Hutchinson, was let go, after only a few months of service. CBC News has also learned that Sue Montgomery, senior communications adviser with the inquiry commission, has resigned and will be leaving as of June 2.

Families disagree with MMIWG inquiry commission's reason to postpone hearings
Families unsure whether to take part in missing Indigenous women inquiry
MMIWG inquiry won't hear from most families until the fall
Families of victims now say they have been left in the dark by the commission about when and where meetings will take place, giving the impression meetings are "invitation only." They fear the "family" hearings will leave out some voices, including homeless people and those engaged in sex industries.

There is also concern that many of the directors and staff working for the committee have not yet had proper "trauma-informed" training, something the commission has promised will be done in June.

They also point to the proliferation of lawyers working with the inquiry as something that could further bog down the process, at the expense of "known and respected advocates. There is widespread perception and concern that the inquiry is too legalistic in its operations to date, and that a legal lens is dominating the inquiry's pursuit of its mandate."

The national inquiry is a key part of the federal government's reconciliation efforts with Canada's Indigenous people. The five-person panel was appointed last August by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to spend two years investigating why so many Indigenous women and girls have been murdered or gone missing.