Chief commissioner: more time needed for national MMIW inquiry

The chief commissioner for the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women says two more years are needed to do justice to the group's critical mandate.

Marion Buller says the inquiry has officially asked for an extension, noting that the response from families, survivors and Indigenous communities has been overwhelmingly strong.

Fellow commissioner Michele Audette says the extension would require another 50-million dollars.

Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett confirms that her office has received a request for more time from the commission.

Bennett says she'll be speaking with families, Indigenous partners, provincial and territorial officials and her own cabinet colleagues over the coming weeks about the possibility of an extension.

The inquiry, which has a budget of nearly 54-million dollars, was originally scheduled to wrap up by the end of this year.