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Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld OTTAWA — Manitoba’s political and Indigenous leaders are debating whether the federal government should extend the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

On March 6, the commissioners requested another two years as well as a $50-million top-up to their $53.8-million budget. The process is scheduled to end in November.

A Winnipeg grandmother who testified April 8 at the inquiry’s final public hearing in Vancouver, said Indigenous Peoples need to figure out what the inquiry could achieve if given more time.

“I can see the perspective from both sides,” Angela Lavallee said. “The question is why? What is the reason for the extension? Sometimes the answers are in question.”

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