November 25, 2010
On November 23, 2010, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs filed a formal complaint with the Law Society of British Columbia which raises potential conflict of interest issues concerning Wally Oppal, QC as Commissioner of the BC Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.
“Although the Union of BC Indian Chiefs supports the BC Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, we share the deep concerns of many families and community leaders that the inquiry they have fought so hard for will not achieve what was hoped for,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “How can an inquiry into the failings of police, government and Crown continue when there is at the very least a serious perception of conflict of interest of the person to lead it?”
Grand Chief Phillip continued “We all hope for an inquiry that will seek honesty, accountability, fundamental change and true reconciliation to honour and bring a measure of justice to the families who had their loved ones stolen from their embrace. Their loved ones deserve no less than a full and untainted measure of justice.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, (604) 684-0231
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.