Head of missing women’s inquiry says ‘concrete’ recommendations needed

By The Canadian Press
August 31, 2016 - 3:48pm

VANCOUVER — The judge who will lead a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women says her own losses have helped her understand the immense toll of the problem in Canada.

Marion Buller formally begins work Thursday as chief commissioner of the inquiry that will examine disproportionately high rates of violence against aboriginal women and girls.

Buller is a member of Saskatchewan’s Mistawasis First Nation and was British Columbia’s first female aboriginal judge, and she says she has lost friends who disappeared or were killed.

She says the experiences helped her understand the tremendous loss to the families and the community as a whole.

Some families and advocates have already expressed concerns about the inquiry, saying that they feel vulnerable about the process and question whether it will result in real action.

Buller says she hopes to create a setting for families that is comfortable and respectful, and that the end result will be a list of concrete recommendations that will lead to positive change.

The Canadian Press

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