Liberal senators launch inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women

Liberal senators say they’re launching an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls due to the “inaction” on the issue by the federal government.

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Liberal senators say they’re launching an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls due to the “inaction” on the issue by the federal government.

The inquiry was initiated by First Nation Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas from the Tobique First Nation.

Lovelace Nicholas said she did so to spark a debate that will hopefully lead to solutions down the road.

“As legislators and advocates on behalf of Canadians, it is our duty to study these matters with all the tools at our disposal, both here in Senate and in the appropriate standing committees,” said Lovelace Nicholas in a press release. “We hope that this inquiry will finally convince the government to take the concrete actions required to put an end to this tragedy.”

The inquiry is the first one into the “crisis” of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and senate inquiries are debated in the Senate Chamber said the release.

Statistics indicate more than 600 Aboriginal women and girls have gone missing or been murdered in the last decade according to the Native Women’s Association of Canada

“Aboriginal women and girls are the most vulnerable and at-risk group in Canadian society,” said Saskatchewan Senator Lillian Dyck in the release. “We have a duty as parliamentarians to ensure that their safety and the concerns of their families are made a national priority.”

The federal government has refused to call an inquiry despite pleas to do so.

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3 thoughts on “Liberal senators launch inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women

  1. It took a native to get the ball rolling….damn white ppl only care for themselves and not even about other white ppl either…..that’s the difference between the whites and the natives, the natives care about each other and will band together as one to fight whereas the white ppl get other ppl to fight for them while they sit back and watch what they started…………..but us Natives will have our day to regain control and take over what is rightfully ours!

  2. I am 100% in favour of a national inquiry on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women. I also believe the federal government should be launching the inquiry.

    How will the costs of this Senate led inquiry be covered? The TRC budget is $60 million over 5 years. Do the 38 Liberal senators think they will convince the other 101 sitting Senators (60 of whom are Conservatives) to support the cost of an inquiry? Does each Senator have a alloted budget where they can expense such a cost? If they do, can their budget(s) handle such a huge cost?

    I don’t want to see a half-ass approach to such a tremendous undertaking. I want to see it done right.. I want justice for the victims and their families.

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