MP Niki Ashton Blasts Canada’s UN Envoy for Not Taking the Matter of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Seriously

OTTAWA – New Democrats are condemning the Conservatives for claiming to take violence against Aboriginal women seriously while repeatedly rejecting UN recommendations for a comprehensive national review on the issue.

Today, a Conservative government envoy dismissed criticisms of its approach from the UN Human Rights Council and rejected Universal Periodic Review recommendations for a national review on murder and missing Aboriginal women. This rejection is consistent with the lack of interest Canada took in the 2009 Universal Period Review recommendations on Indigenous rights in Canada.

“It’s shocking that Canada refuses to act to end violence against Indigenous women,” said NDP Status of Women critic Niki Ashton (Churchill). “It is time for the Conservatives to tackle systemic issues facing Indigenous peoples and establish a nation-to-nation relationship. We must address the levels of violence that Aboriginal women face, the overwhelming number of women and children who live in poverty and work in partnership with communities to address the root causes of violence against women”

In May, Ashton introduced a motion calling for a national inquiry and an action plan to end violence against women.

“Violence against Aboriginal women is a public safety emergency in Canada,” said NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan). “Until the Canadian government accepts its responsibilities outlined by the UN and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and responds to these problems with real solutions, like a National Action Plan to End Violence against Aboriginal Women, we cannot move forward in a positive and meaningful way.”