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Inquiry fires 3 people in wake of Edmonton complaints

Three people have been fired after families complained of mistreatment by the MMIWG Inquiry, APTN News has learned.

Two front-line staffers for the Yukon and one in Winnipeg were dumped, multiple sources confirmed Tuesday night.

“They are scapegoats,” a source not authorized to comment said.

“It’s a knee-jerk reaction.”

It’s also a return to the drama that plagued the inquiry over the past year after a reprieve of a few calm weeks.

The women fired were Melissa Carlick, Jodie Millward, and Morene Gabriel.

Two other staffers resigned in protest, sources said.

APTN News originally reported that Carlick had resigned.

Carlick could not be reached for comment.

The women worked with families and survivors on after-care plans – a delicate job requiring hours on the phone with vulnerable people.

But they had to go, sources said after members of the National Family Advisory Circle complained in a conference call and letters to commissioners and senior staff as APTN reported last week

The inquiry had been picking up steam after a successful release of its interim report in Ottawa Nov. 1.

It completed hearings in Edmonton last week and is preparing for Saskatoon next week.

But sources said Edmonton was shaky and Carlick was let go there.

Karen Snowshoe, her Yukon co-worker told APTN News earlier on Tuesday that she resigned.

Gabriel said she plans to hold a news conference this week.

She declined to be interviewed but told APTN that “I worked honourably.”

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3 Responses to “Inquiry fires 3 people in wake of Edmonton complaints”

    Charlene November 16, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    There is obviously dysfunction in this entity. A peer assessment should be done immediately by an independent, review and get rid of the problem people.
    Sounds like a micromanaging, and a lack of internal support.
    Clean it up and hit restart. This is people’s agony and personal tragedy and it’s being run like a out of control daycare.

    Maureen Trask November 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

    What is going on? Can anyone tell me why or why not the new “Family Liaison Units” aren’t helping the families who tell their painful story?

      Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte November 16, 2017 at 2:06 am #

      The interference and obstruction of Director of Health is the cause…and thats for the record. We had a Community Liason/Community Relations Manager dedicated like no other who truly has the experience families have had on a missing…asking a small town woman to lead something of this magnitude and not even have any instruments of assessment on had for speaking with families is a disgrace. Community Relations does not need to be interferred by health whatsoever. There are so many people wearing several hats and infiltrating groups, coalitions, families, etc its too much disturbance at this time. This needs to be reviewed by logistics, and probably a “green” executive director does not help the situation either. “Written Without Prejudice”