March 12, 2012 – Missing Women Commission of Inquiry to Stand Down Until April 2, 2012

(Information attributable to Mr. Art Vertlieb, Q.C., Commission Counsel)

Commissioner Wally Oppal today directed the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry to stand down until April 2, 2012. This decision was made to allow the Commissioner to appoint independent counsel to present issues related to Aboriginal interests. This role is crucial in ensuring that Aboriginal interests are represented at the Inquiry.

The District 2 panel was allowed to conclude today.

On April 2, the process will proceed with the Native Liaison Society Panel. Commission counsel is making arrangements to have evidence presented the week of April 9. The families of 25 missing and murdered women are confirmed for participation during the week of April 16.