NDP DEMANDS ACTON FROM CONSERVATIVES ON MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN

** Watch Niki holding the Government to account on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Question Period by clicking here. **

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2014

OTTAWA – Conservatives are continuing to ignore the need for a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women – refusing to recognize the systemic nature of these tragedies.

Today in the House of Commons, Manitoba MP and NDP critic for the Status of Women, Niki Ashton (Churchill), demanded justice for these women and their families.

Niki Ashton:

Almost a month ago, Tina Fontaine’s body was found in the Red River. She was just fifteen years old.

This government has a responsibility to help end the violence against Indigenous women. Many have shared a social media campaign with the chilling slogan: “Am I Next.”

Today in Winnipeg, families are dragging the Red River to find the bodies of their loved ones. Canadians demand action. So the question is: why is this government refusing to call a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women in our country?

Recently, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair committed to calling a national inquiry within 100 days of forming government.

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Heather Finn, Press Secretary, 613-355-9940 or heather.finn@parl.gc.ca