AMC supportive of inquiry extension request with concessions

March 6, 2018

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba


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March 6, 2018

TREATY ONE TERRITORY _ The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs conditionally supports the request to extend the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls with concessions for Manitoba.

“There needs to be a real analysis on the next steps forward and Manitoba needs to apart of that input,” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas.

“Should it be two years? That’s up to Canada to decide but that decision needs to be balanced with a few things,” said Dumas.

1) The interim report was released on November 1, 2017:

“Canada still has not responded to the interim report and if it has, it has not been made public. The federal government needs to take the time to review the report and evaluate the performance of the current commissioners.”

2) Manitoba First Nation leadership has consistently called for a Manitoba sub-commission:

“Neither Canada nor the Inquiry Commission has responded to this request. The AMC will continue to encourage Canada to create a Manitoba sub-commission if Canada formally extends the Inquiry.”

3) The Commission has not said how it will be carrying out Part 2 (Expert Hearings) and Part 3 (Institutional Hearings):

“The AMC as a party with standing at the Inquiry wants to meaningfully participate in Parts 2 and 3; we have identified and brought forward constructive solutions to collaborate with us, with families, with survivors and parties with standing.” The AMC maintains its position that Manitoba families and survivors must make a meaningful contribution to how things move forward with the Inquiry.

“This is an important issue and the Inquiry must do it correctly to honour our missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls,” said Dumas.

About the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The AMC was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC represents 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba with a total of more than 151,000 First Nation citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 per cent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene and Dakota people and traditions.

For more information please contact:

Kim Wheeler
Director of Communications
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
204-391-5830 (cell)
204-987-4132 (office)[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]