Prime Minister Stephen Harper has consistently refused to convene a national inquiry into the high incidence of unsolved murders and disappearances of indigenous women.

10 Unheeded Calls for a Canadian Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

David P. Ball

2. Native Women’s Association of Canada

The leading advocacy group for Indigenous women in Canada was the first to push the idea of a national commission of inquiry onto the public radar. That demand continues to this day. The Ottawa-based organization has been quietly gathering more than 10,000 signatures on a petition for such an official investigation, as well as launching a Joint Statement last year that has been endorsed by more than 50 organizations.

“Our hearts are full as we remember our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties, grandmothers and friends who have been lost to violence,” NWAC President Michele Audette said in a statement in October. “We call on the federal government to support families and communities, aboriginal leadership, allies and the premiers who have voiced the need for a national public inquiry in to missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.”

The group carried out the first database research into how many of Canada's missing and murdered women were aboriginal, but the federal government axed its funding for the program several years ago and the research was forced to a halt.

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