The National Inquiry looking into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is asking for two more years to finish its work.

It was announced today that the commissioners have asked Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett for the additional time, extending the group’s mandate to the end of 2020.

The original end-date was scheduled for December of 2018, but it’s believed that more time would be necessary to complete any unfinished work.

The Inquiry has been plagued by many issues since being established in 2015, including two Executive Directors stepping down.

The commission says in a statement it has so far heard from more than 760 witnesses during nearly 250 public, in-camera and community hearings held across the country.

The Inquiry added that an extension would also allow it to commission original research on the criminal justice system and systems of colonial violence.