Councillor backs call for national inquiry

A city councillor wants to add Red Deer’s voice to the call for a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women and girls. Dianne Wyntjes’ notice of motion on Monday says the city should join other Canadian municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in appealing to the federal government to take action.

A city councillor wants to add Red Deer’s voice to the call for a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.

Dianne Wyntjes’ notice of motion on Monday says the city should join other Canadian municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in appealing to the federal government to take action.

The inquiry was one of 94 recommendations found in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The report was released in June after six years of hearings involving testimony from thousands of those affected by the residential school system.

“We have an opportunity now with the Truth and Reconciliation Report to be able to educate, to be able to heal, to be able to build relationships in our communities.

“For me, this is an opportunity to raise this issue during a federal election period but also to raise awareness about the Truth and Reconciliation Report, which will impact all levels of government,” said Wyntjes.

She acknowledges a national inquiry will be a lengthy process but hopes it would lead to solutions, awareness, education and healing.

Council will debate the notice of motion at a future meeting.

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