Inquiry, not round table, needed for missing and murdered Aboriginal women
The NDP Critic for the Status of Women and Justice says the provincial government must demand the inquiry unanimously supported by all parties in the House of Assembly last March. Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says it is not good enough for the justice minister to attend Friday’s round table unless she is prepared to carry forward the message from this province’s legislators.
“The Native Women’s Association of Canada did not call for a round table; they demanded an inquiry,” Rogers said today. “Last March, (NDP Leader) Lorraine Michael wrote to the then-premier and the leader of the opposition requesting an all-party motion supporting the call for an inquiry – not a round table discussion.
“We all voted for a full-fledged inquiry into how hundreds and hundreds of Aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing. If Minister Manning is representing this province at the federal government’s round table, she must demand a full inquiry.”
When the NWAC first launched its petition in July 2013 calling for an inquiry, it had documented 582 occurrences of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.
By the time Michael made her request, further research had pushed that number closer to 800 and the RCMP last year said nearly 1200 Aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing in the last 30 years.
“Enough is enough,” said Rogers. “We need the inquiry. Minister Manning must be willing to speak out at that round table and tell the federal government what the elected representatives of this province have agreed on.”