One of the commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has stepped down.
Marilyn Poitras, an assistant professor at the U of S, announced that she would resign effective this Saturday (15th), citing different views on conducting the Inquiry.
Poitras says, in a statement, that she envisioned the process would rely on an indigenous approach – one that draws on healing and resiliency.
But found out only a few shared her idea, as others are referring to a “status quo colonial model of hearings”.
She was named last summer to the highly-anticipated inquiry along with four others.
Poitras’ resignation comes shortly after the departure of the commission’s executive director, who cited personal reasons for leaving.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says the Inquiry will move forward as planned, as preparations are being made for community hearings in the fall, and will determine whether to replace Poitras.