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

10. Labor Unions

Some of Canada's largest labor unions have also joined the push for an inquiry. The national body representing the country's unions, the Canadian Labour Congress, issued its own plea in October 2013, pledging to join missing women's families at country-wide vigils.

“We support the call for a National Public Inquiry to address the scale and severity of violence faced by Aboriginal women and girls and call on governments to work with aboriginal women and representative organizations, including the Native Women’s Association of Canada, to bring justice to the families and communities affected,” the Canadian Labour Congress said in a statement.

On December 6, the congress used the occasion of National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women—held to mark the 1989 massacre of 14 female engineering students—to remark that aboriginal women are grossly overrepresented in violence statistics and to the creation the “National Action Plan” called for by most U.N. bodies and Amnesty International, what it called “a proactive, comprehensive approach to a systemic problem.”

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The labor group's call also included support for a national public inquiry.


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