Report paints grim picture of violence against native women in Quebec
A woman from Val d'Or, Que., alleges that provincial police mistreated her.
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, December 14, 2015 1:05PM EST
Last Updated Monday, December 14, 2015 1:43PM EST
KAHNAWAKE, Que. -- A native women's group has published a grim report on violence against women in Quebec's First Nations communities, hoping its release will spur the province to act.
Today's report focuses on cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women in the province.
Quebec Native Women Inc. says the document includes 18 months of testimonials from people in the province's various indigenous communities.
The RCMP says there were at least 46 homicides involving native women in the province between 1980 and 2012.
Among the recommendations by the authors is the creation of prevention strategies and better support and intervention in matters of violence.
The release of the research comes shortly after the federal government announced the creation of a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.
Quebec Assembly of First Nations Chief Ghislain Picard as well as Native Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley and Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee were in attendance at the news conference where the report was released.