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Inquiry into missing, murdered Indigenous women to issue interim progress report

Deliah Saunders, right, and Audrey Saunders, sisters of Loretta Saunders, embrace during testimony at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in Membertou, N.S. Loretta Saunders, an Inuk woman, was murdered in Halifax in February 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Deliah Saunders, right, and Audrey Saunders, sisters of Loretta Saunders, embrace during testimony at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in Membertou, N.S. Loretta Saunders, an Inuk woman, was murdered in Halifax in February 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

OTTAWA — The commissioners of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will issue an interim update later today on the progress they've made to date.

The interim report on the inquiry, which has been plagued by complaints from families and internal staffing struggles, is also expected to shed light on how much more time and funding will be required.

Chief commissioner Marion Buller has said the inquiry is going to need additional resources, but she hasn't laid out specifics.

The federal Liberal government has already earmarked $53.8 million over two years for the inquiry's work.

The mandate for the inquiry is to examine the systemic causes of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada by exploring patterns and underlying factors.

It is supposed to operate independently from the federal government, as well as provincial and territorial governments.

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