There are renewed calls across the country for a national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women, following the murder of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper dismissed demands for an inquiry, calling the many cases “crimes”, not a “sociological phenomenon”.
But Jean Crowder, The NDP’s Aboriginal Affairs Critic and MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan says the Harper government is out of touch.
Crowder says a national inquiry is long overdue, but the government also needs to commit to supporting preventative measures.
Crowder says those programs and services should include women’s shelters and programs to address domestic violence, and drug and alcohol problems. She says, as in the case of Tina Fontaine, aboriginal children are often removed from their homes. In BC, 52 per cent of all children in care are aboriginal.