Ottawa – The recent report by James Anaya, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, shows how far off course the government is when dealing with First Nations, according to Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing.

Hughes joined New Democrat MPs and leader, Thomas Mulcair, at a vigil on Parliament Hill for missing and murdered aboriginal women.  Hughes echoed the finding of James Anaya, that 1,186 missing and murdered women amounts to a crisis that must be addressed. 

“If this were to happen to any other group in our society there would be a lot more attention, outrage, and government action,” said Hughes. “I truly believe most Canadians are more concerned about this than the Prime Minister is, which is a real shame.”

Hughes says the government has to pay attention to the details of the special relationship with First Nations instead of trying to dictate how it will proceed.   She believes success will be achieved when the government starts listening and responding to the concerns of First Nations.

“The government seems set on picking legislative fights that only strain relations,’ said Hughes. “First Nations are telling us that a National Public Commission of Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women is an immediate priority and the government isn’t even listening.”