INQUIRY THE ONLY PROPER RESPONSE FOR MURDERED AND MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN: HUGHES

Ottawa – With families of missing women dredging rivers to search for loved ones,  the Conservative government’s refusal to mount an inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women couldn’t be more off-side, says Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes.

Hughes took on the government in Question Period for their refusal to mount an inquiry despite the fact that indigenous women are five times more likely to go missing or be murdered than other Canadian women.

“Why are the Conservatives continuing to ignore the overwhelming consensus calling for a national inquiry for missing and murdered indigenous women?” said Hughes.  “We need to end this crisis. We need an inquiry.”

Hughes said with 1200 women missing or murdered in the last 30 years the government cannot hide behind the claim that these are individual crimes.  There is a pattern and the communities feeling this the most seem to have lost all faith in getting any help to make sense of this.

“Families of missing Indigenous women have taken it upon themselves to organize a dredge of the Red River looking for the remains of their loved ones,” said Hughes.  “They are tired of waiting for answers and aren’t getting the support they need.”

“We cannot let another woman or girl disappear without reacting,” said Hughes. “Will the minister set up a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women today?