NDP Leader calls for all-party resolution on missing and murdered Aboriginal women
As the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly prepares to start a new session, NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) has written to the premier and opposition leader requesting an all-party resolution calling on the federal government to conduct an independent national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
“This is a national scandal, touching every province,” Michael said today. “While the power to call a national inquiry rests with the federal government, we as a province can send a strong and united message, as the members of the Nova Scotia legislature did recently.”
Michael’s letter requests that the premier introduce a motion to the House of Assembly. She is hoping this can be done as one of the first orders of business in the House this session.
“The Native Women’s Association of Canada documented more than 600 cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women and girls by 2010, and recent research has pushed that number to 800,” the letter reads in part.
“We hope that by passing a unanimous resolution of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador as was done in the Nova Scotia Legislature that our actions will push the federal government of Canada to action to end violence against Aboriginal women.”
Michael would like to see government’s support for the inquiry included in today’s throne speech.