Federal rules normally applied on the public service are limiting the work of the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the inquiry’s commissioners said Wednesday night.

“To be very blunt and very honest, because we’re bound by government policies and procedures … we are constrained,” chief commissioner Marion Buller said during an appearance at the Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples.

The national inquiry is being run out of the Privy Council Office and must adhere to federal rules on spending, information technology, information management and human resources.

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MMWIG inquiry ‘constrained’ by federal rules: chief commissioner