Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister says turnover a cause for concern for MMIW inquiry

Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says she is worried how ongoing turnover will affect the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women.

Bennett says she's worried the turnover, including the departure of another director on Thursday, will distract from the work at hand, but adds its independence is crucial and the government won't be intervening.

The federally funded commission, plagued by many staffing changes throughout its tenure, says Debbie Reid left the commission because of a personal matter.

The inquiry says its work will not be disrupted during a transition that will see director of operations Calvin Wong act as interim executive director effective immediately.

The commission says it has a "sacred responsibility" to the 597 families and survivors who have already entrusted their stories to the inquiry and the 600 others registered to do so.

Reid, a former special adviser to the Assembly of First Nations, took the role of executive director in October, replacing Michele Moreau.