RCMP REPORT SHOWS NEED FOR IMMEDIATE FEDERAL ACTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 16, 2014

OTTAWA - The RCMP publically released today their findings which confirm that Indigenous women are three to four times more likely to go missing or be murdered.  1181 Indigenous women went missing or  were murdered in the last thirty three years  - almost thirty 36 women and girls a year who never came home to their friends and families.

This reports tragically confirms what Indigenous women and their communities have always known, that violence against women is a societal concern that goes beyond policing and that the federal government needs to play in resolving the crisis working closely with Aboriginal women and their communities.

Niki Ashton, Status of Women Critic and MP for Churchill, said: “The numbers show that the problem is systemic and that the epidemic is national. The Federal Government must take leadership. Without immediate action including an Inquiry, Indigenous women will continue to go missing and be murdered.”

Ashton has echoed calls that the Inquiry be done in tandem with a national action plan to end violence against women. “We will continue to stand with Indigenous women and families in calling for justice.”