Executive director of MMIWG inquiry leaves post – CBC News

The executive director of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has left her post.

The inquiry confirmed Debbie Reid’s departure in a statement on Thursday but said it could not discuss the details.

‘This is another sad day for the families.’
— Arlen Dumas, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

“While we cannot discuss the details of the matter, we thank Reid for her contributions,” the statement said.

Reid was hired in October but fell into controversy after the leaking of her introductory email to staff, which stated their primary role was to protect the inquiry’s commissioners from “criticism or surprises.”

Laurie Odjick, a member of the National Family Advisory Circle, said she learned of Reid’s departure in an email from the inquiry earlier in the day.

“I don’t even know the best words to describe how I feel right now,” said Odjick, whose daughter went missing in 2008.

“So much has happened and families are being left out, and I just don’t know any more.”

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett expressed ‘concern’ over high staff turnover at inquiry. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

The inquiry has been hit by a number of high-profile departures, including one commissioner and a previous executive director.

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett issued a statement following Reid’s departure, saying she was “concerned about the amount of turnover at the commission.” Bennett said she was worried it would “distract” from the inquiry’s work.

“While we share families’ concerns about the difficulties we have seen —  the independence of the Commission is crucial and we aren’t going to interfere in internal matters,” said the statement.

Meanwhile, Arlen Dumas, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, repeated his calls for the removal of the existing commissioners, a complete reset of the inquiry and the appointment of a Manitoba-specific…

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