The Minister of Indigenous Relations, Richard Feehan, issued the following statement in response to today’s federal announcement of a five-member commission to lead the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, along with terms of reference to guide their work.
“This is an important step. I’d like to commend the federal government for its commitment to address this national crisis.
“I am also mindful that today’s announcement may be extremely difficult for affected families and loved ones to hear. It is important that their voices and concerns are heard in coming months.
“Our government has always supported the call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. We are working to ensure provincial powers are available to the commission to support their critical work in our province.
“We must work together to improve the safety and security of Indigenous women and girls across Alberta and Canada.”