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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the expected inquiry into the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous will chart a path to “end this national tragedy.”
It remains unclear when the Trudeau government plans to announce the beginning of the inquiry along with its terms of references and the person or persons who will lead the process.
Speaking during an end of session press conference in Ottawa, Trudeau gave no hints on a start date, but he said he hoped the inquiry would find a way to end the disproportionate violence faced by Indigenous women and girls.
“I expect this national public inquiry will clearly set a path forward to end this ongoing national tragedy, to look at ways to prevent this from continuing from happening again…To ensure we learn from this terrible tragedy that has gone on for 30 years and we ensure it doesn’t happen anymore,” said Trudeau.
The prime minister said he also hoped the inquiry would help the families of the murdered and missing find justice an acknowledgement of their pain.
“We need to offer justice for the victims. For too long in this country, Indigenous women and girls have gone missing without much notice, without much reaction, without society in general realizing the tragedies that are among us,” said Trudeau. “Making sure we are acknowledging this tragedy and responding to the lives lost and the families devastated is going to be an important element of that inquiry.”