All three parties call for inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women

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The provincial government is calling on Ottawa to call for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

In a news release sent out Friday afternoon, the leaders of all three political parties said that they’ll be supporting the motion, which will be debated in the House of Assembly next week.

“Violence against Aboriginal women and children is a serious problem, both in our province and across Canada,” Marshall said. “We are calling on the Federal Government to launch an inquiry into the tragedy of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in this country, and we are prepared to work with the Government of Canada on such an inquiry.”

The resolution is part of a national call to the federal government for an inquiry.

Last week, all the political parties in Nova Scotia unanimously called for an inquiry.

All of this comes in the wake of the death of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old woman originally from Labrador, who was murdered while studying at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

“The recent tragic death of Loretta Saunders has made the circumstances surrounding the high numbers of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls even more troublesome,” Liberal Leader Dwight Ball said in the government’s news release Friday. “It is clear that this is a crisis that must be addressed immediately.”

New Democrat Leader Lorraine Michael said that she’s hoping that the unified voice of all political parties will lead to action.

“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.”



Organizations: Federal Government, University in Halifax, House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotia, Labrador Mary

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  • Huck
    March 16, 2014 - 13:30

    I'm thinking that our provincial leaders got a lot of gall to be asking for an inquiry into killing aboriginals after what we done to our own native Beothuks right here in this province. We'd be better off keeping our heads buried in the sand and hope that everyone forgot about that.

  • John
    March 16, 2014 - 10:50

    one word comes to mind..."Opportunism".

  • yes b'y
    March 15, 2014 - 12:54

    This is a tragedy and I totally agree with santo, this had nothing to do with this women being an aboriginal person, hundreds of aboriginal women have gone missing and have been found dead, yet with little publicity, could it be because she is Caucasian looking?...

  • Santo
    March 15, 2014 - 09:25

    While I don't want to lessen the seriousness of the violence against Aboriginal women, I can't help but feel that the murder of this young woman isn't about the fact that she was Aboriginal. Often time, the violence of Aboriginal women is largely due to the circumstance of the poor conditions people of the Aboriginal community face, ie. poverty, substance abuse, the lack of support and hope in those communities; which in itself is a crime! Women are victims in their own communities, often by the hands of trusted loved ones, or they try to leave to better themselves, but with lack of education and resources, find themselves in difficult situations and trusting the wrong people. It seems to me that Ms. Saunders was all to aware of the trouble facing these women. And she was putting herself in the position to do something to help. The people accused of her murder didn't target her because of her Aboriginal status, but because of their greed and lack or morals. They were her room mates, and any room mate of these too "alleged" murders would have met the same fate (man or woman). If the murder of Ms. Saunders helps Aboriginal women in anyway, then it would be a tribute to her, however, as a woman, I hope the public don't conclude she was murdered because she was Aboriginal, rather than a victim of greed and just bad people, and that anyone one of use, man or woman need to be weary of such people in our society.

  • Glenn Stockley
    March 14, 2014 - 15:08

    A tragic situation for sure...but this inquiry will be a vast waste of taxpayers dollars...the lawyers are already lining up....

  • Glenn Stockley
    March 14, 2014 - 14:57

    A tragic situation for sure...but this inquiry will be a vast waste of taxpayers dollars...the lawyers are already lining up....