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It’s been nearly a year since the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls launched and commissioners say they are preparing to release the first report.
Chief Commissioner Marion Buller said the report is almost completed, well in advance of the Nov. 1 deadline.
“We have to have that report actually finished well before November 1 because it has to be translated. It has to be translated into French and we’re also looking into Indigenous languages as well,” said Buller.
Only one community meeting has been completed and that happened in May in Whitehorse, while many community visits have been delayed.
This has left some questioning what exactly the interim report will include.
Buller said the report was never supposed to focus on information gathered during the community meetings.
“More often than not they do not include findings of fact and recommendations. That’s the nature of an interim report,” she said.
“Our research team has already started and has been hard at work, very hard at work, at reviewing all of the existing reports, inquiries that are listed in our terms of reference that we must consider.”
She said it will include information from the pre-inquiry process.
But some aren’t convinced using old reports is the best idea, particular the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
“We’re still waiting for those recommendations to be implemented and this is 25 years later,” said Kevin Hart of the Assembly of First Nations.
The final report is supposed to be released in Nov. 2018 but Buller is seeking an extension.
But the inquiry hasn’t been approved to go longer.
“We’re still with our existing mandate. I can’t give you a deadline by when we’ll find out because that’s really beyond my control,” she said.