Red Deer joins communities urging missing aboriginal women inquiry
Elder Eugene Harry of the Squamish Nation looks at a poster of missing women prior to performing a ceremonial blessing at the start of the missing women inquiry in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. (Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
RED DEER, Alta. -- The City of Red Deer, Alta., has joined other municipalities in calling for a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women in Canada.
Coun. Dianne Wyntjes says it is important to take action to let the federal government know that it must be accountable.
Mayor Tara Veer says ultimately everyone has a responsibility to safeguard and bring a voice to those who are voiceless.
In 2014, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said nearly 1,200 aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing in Canada in the last three decades.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is asking the federal government to hold a comprehensive, independent national inquiry into the missing and murdered women.
The Conservative government has steadfastly refused to call such an inquiry.