The controversial executive director of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is stepping down.
Sources say the news broke at a staff team-building event in Toronto this week.
Debbie Reid was hired in October as the second executive director of the two-year MMIWG inquiry.
She came in with a heavy hand under a mandate to clean up an under-performing team and fired several people. More employees resigned in protest.
Reid is from Skownan First Nation in Manitoba. She is said to be leaving for personal reasons.
This brings to 21 the number of employees that have left the federal inquiry as it criss-crosses the country hearing from families and survivors of violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Its operation, with a budget of $53.8 million, has been roundly criticized – leading to the resignation of the first executive director and one of five commissioners.
So far it has hosted eight public hearings; one is scheduled for Yellowknife later this month.
Reid was vocal on Twitter at the start of her tenure, posting about throwing off the chains of government bureaucracy and blasting the work of an APTN reporter as “irresponsible.”
She was known for quoting an army general in her emails but recently she dialled back her online presence. She surfaced briefly in Maliotenam, Que., where she contradicted a commissioner on whether the inquiry would host a hearing in Montreal.