The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has completed its report.
The inquiry concluded its cross-Canada hearings late last year and the findings will be unveiled at a closing ceremony in Gatineau, Que. where the commissioners will discuss their work and take questions.
The report will lean on stories the commissioners heard from more than 1,500 family members, survivors, “knowledge-keepers,” experts, and other officials who testified at the 24 hearings and events held between 2017 and 2018. The commission says that more than 800 others offered their experiences through artistic expressions.
According to a press release from the Inquiry this week, “The event program will feature ceremonial elements from First Nations, Métis and Inuit traditions led by Elders from the Territory and supported by Elders from across Canada. The entire event will be live-streamed on the National Inquiry’s website and simultaneously translated into a number of Indigenous languages in addition to English and French.”
Immediately following the closing ceremony, Commissioners will participate in a question-and-answer session to discuss the Final Report’s findings with members of the media. The National Inquiry will release complete event details, including media registration information, closer to the date.
Last spring the commissioners asked for a two-year extension pushing the completion to 2020, but the federal government instead allowed them to take an additional six months past the initial November 2018 deadline, giving the commission until June of this year to conclude the inquiry. Families told media such as APTN they were divided on giving the Inquiry an extension.
The report will be made publicly available June 3rd.