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

7. Assembly of First Nations

Speaking alongside the family of CJ Morningstar Fowler—a 16-year-old aboriginal girl who was found murdered in B.C. in late 2012—a tearful National Chief Shawn Atleo re-asserted his organization's longstanding call for a national inquiry.

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations“There is no good reason for the loss of this life—none whatsoever,” Atleo said, according to The Tyee. “There is no reason that is acceptable. It is a tragedy of incredible proportions that is a crisis that requires the country be seized by this matter. That’s why we call for a national commission of inquiry.”

On January 10, more than a year after Fowler's death, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Kamloops arrested her 22-year-old boyfriend in the killing. But in the cases of the vast number of missing aboriginal women and girls like her, the killings remain unsolved—and too often, uninvestigated. As the top body representing more than 600 First Nations leaders across the country, the AFN continues to push for a national inquiry—but so far their calls have gone unheeded by the feds.

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