On August 3, 2016 the federal government announced the Inquiry on Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. British Columbia Judge Marion Buller was named as chief commissioner for the inquiry. She described the goal of the Inquiry as being “to make concrete recommendations that will ensure the safety of our women and our girls in our communities”. The commission will operate from September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018. The Inquiry is funded by the Federal Government. The mandate of the Inquiry is described as follows:
The commission is directed to examine and report on the systemic causes behind the violence that Indigenous women and girls experience and their greater vulnerability to that violence by looking for patters and underlying factors that explain why higher levels of violence occur.