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.”