Message to Prime Minister Harper Re: Missing Women

Monday, March 3, 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

I am writing to urge your government to hold an independent, national public inquiry into the cases of more than 1,000 Aboriginal women known to be missing or murdered in Canada. 

Indigenous women in Canada are seven times more likely to be murdered than non-indigenous women. In 2013 the United Nations Human Rights report criticized Canada for its inaction regarding the cases of missing and murdered indigenous women. And the recent tragic death of Loretta Saunders shows us this kind of inquiry is needed now, more than ever.

An inquiry would help us understand and determine the best ways to address the root causes of the violence, as well as identify areas where our justice system is still failing victims.

The situation is a national shame and resolving it requires clear and swift action from our federal government.

To conclude, I urge you to take immediate action to call a national inquiry into the epidemic of violence against indigenous women in Canada, and to do everything within your government’s power to achieve justice for missing and murdered Aboriginal women and their families.


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