Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau look on as Carolyn Bennett is sworn in as the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs during ceremonies at Rideau Hall on Nov.4, 2015 in Ottawa.(Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press)
Canada’s Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs has a new title, a new leader and a new stance on a potential inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.
Following her swearing-in for the post, Carolyn Bennett said the issue was “hugely important” and she wanted to promptly begin her work on the issue — but not before consulting with the families of victims.
“We have to end this tragedy and this epidemic,” she told reporters.
“We have committed to get going on this as soon as we can, and we’re going to have to immediately begin talking to the people who can help us get this right.”
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