Statement from the Commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on reports emanating from Val-d'Or Quebec internal police investigation

OTTAWA, Nov. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - The Commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are aware of the complaints filed by Indigenous women alleging police misconduct by members of the Sûreté du Québec. They are also alert to the fact that Crown prosecutors released their decision as to whether criminal charges are warranted on Friday November 18, 2016.  As well, the Commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are aware of the calls by Indigenous leaders to promote healing and reconciliation within this difficult situation.

The mandate of the National Inquiry is to inquire into and report on systemic causes that contribute to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In plain language this means the Commissioners will look at how governments' decisions, programs and services are meeting the needs, or not, of Indigenous women and families. The Commissioners want to learn how lack of services, or ineffective delivery of services, has contributed to this national tragedy. They will also look at effective strategies and best practices across Canada that have been able to create a healthy, safe nest for Indigenous families to grow in.

The situation in Val-d'Or is exactly the type of situation that the National Inquiry will look at. Policing is a crucial government service that certainly falls under the Inquiry's mandate.

The Commissioners will continue to watch the situation in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

 

SOURCE Commission of Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Girls

For further information: Michael Hutchinson, 204-292-7036, m.hutchinson@mmiwg-ffada.ca

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