The NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic says she wasn’t entirely surprised by the results of an RCMP review, which looked at the number of cases involving missing and murdered aboriginal women.
The review says between 1980 and 2012, 1017 aboriginal women were murdered and 164 were reported missing. They accounted for 16 per cent of all female homicide victims over that period.
Nanaimo-Cowichan MP Jean Crowder says she and many others have long known that aboriginal women are much more prone to dying a violent death.
She says now, it’s time to be proactive about the problem.
Crowder says the report is also further proof a national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women is necessary. She says the NDP’s next step is to continue pushing for that inquiry, and she hopes the report is a wake-up call for the Conservatives.