Green Party of Ontario statement on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls

The GPO is pleased that today Premiers from across Canada are meeting with Indigenous leaders’ and federal ministers at a one-day national roundtable on missing and murdered aboriginal women. 
Holding a roundtable is an important first step – but we need action on this issue now. 
 
A recent RCMP study shows cases of homicides and unresolved missing Aboriginal females totalling 1181. It also shows a disproportionate amount of Aboriginal woman among Canada’s murdered and missing people. This is unacceptable. 
 
“Canada’s record of dealing with missing and murdered Aboriginal women is unacceptable,” says GPO leader Mike Schreiner. “The historical marginalization and abuse of First Nation, Inuit and Metis people must end. Establishing a National Inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women is a step in this direction.”
 
The Green Party applauds Canada’s Premiers for accepting the invitation to attend a roundtable meeting with Indigenous leaders on this important issue. We demand that the Harper Government take action now by launching a public National Inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. The GPO also calls on the government to invest in support and protection services for Aboriginal women and girls.