UBCM, Anton Discuss Approach to Inquiry

On February 3, 2016, UBCM President Al Richmond, and First Nations Relations Committee Chair, Councillor Murry Krause, met with Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and provide local government perspectives to inform the Province’s submission to the federal government on pre-inquiry design.

Meeting discussion centred around the federal government’s pre-inquiry design discussion guide questions, including National Inquiry leadership and participation, key issues, and how best to ensure concrete and practical recommendations. UBCM representatives provided written feedback to assist the Province in submitting feedback to Canada that is informed by local government perspectives. The UBCM submission expresses a desire to support and stand with those who deserve justice and healing; emphasizes associated UBCM policy; and conveys the role of local governments in ensuring safety and wellbeing in BC communities. It was a supportive meeting, with all representatives expressing interest in continued dialogue on how best to support the inquiry moving forward.

In accordance with resolution 2015-B111, UBCM will also be corresponding with the membership in the coming weeks regarding opportunities for continued engagement on the National Inquiry, and opportunities for collaboration and action regarding violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Questions, comments or feedback regarding UBCM’s activities related to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls may be directed to Angela Turner, UBCM Policy Analyst.

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