The Chair of the Ktunaxa Nation Council says recent criticism about the inquiry into the missing and murdered indigenous women may be a bit extreme but understandable.
Kathyryn Teneese is reacting to last week’s remarks by BC First Nations leader Bill Wilson who says the $54 million inquiry is quote “a bloody farce”.
The investigation, that was announced last August, has been under fire for delays and lack of communication.
Wilson says the commissioners have failed miserably and should resign.
Teneese says she doesn’t know if she would go as far as Wilson did with his comments but he is likely expressing frustration felt by many people across the country.
She does hope the inquiry doesn’t get caught up in bureaucracy as this is a very serious issue.
Teneese says the fact that a commission was established is a positive step, however, if we are trying to move forward on topics of such significant nature we should find ways to see progress in a more timely manner.
The national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women will hold its first community hearing Tuesday in Whitehorse.
40 families have already registered to tell their stories.
– Josh Hoffman
– Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair Kathryn Teneese