The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has announced a new executive director. However, the announcement comes amid word of another high-profile resignation.
Late Friday afternoon, ahead of a long weekend, the Inquiry announced the hiring of Debbie Reid, effective immediately. Reid has previously worked for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and was a special advisor to former AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine.
She also has more than 10 years experience with the federal government.
The hiring of Reid comes amid another resignation. Numerous sources tell APTN News the director of research, Aimee Craft, has resigned. That makes more than a dozen staff changes since the National Inquiry started, including the departure of Commissioner Marilyn Poitras.
Said MMIWG advocate Pam Palmater: “The loss of the director of research is a major blow to the Inquiry, especially at this stage when the interim report is due shortly.
“It is also a strong sign that internal problems continue to plague the Inquiry and begs the question, ‘When will the prime minister intervene?'”
The Inquiry began in September with a two-year mandate. An interim report is due in a matter of months.
Two public hearings have been held with a third scheduled to begin in Winnipeg on Oct.16. – Staff