The provincial government is calling on Ottawa to call for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
In a news release sent out Friday afternoon, the leaders of all three political parties said that they’ll be supporting the motion, which will be debated in the House of Assembly next week.
“Violence against Aboriginal women and children is a serious problem, both in our province and across Canada,” Marshall said. “We are calling on the Federal Government to launch an inquiry into the tragedy of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in this country, and we are prepared to work with the Government of Canada on such an inquiry.”
The resolution is part of a national call to the federal government for an inquiry.
Last week, all the political parties in Nova Scotia unanimously called for an inquiry.
All of this comes in the wake of the death of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old woman originally from Labrador, who was murdered while studying at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.
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“The recent tragic death of Loretta Saunders has made the circumstances surrounding the high numbers of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls even more troublesome,” Liberal Leader Dwight Ball said in the government’s news release Friday. “It is clear that this is a crisis that must be addressed immediately.”
New Democrat Leader Lorraine Michael said that she’s hoping that the unified voice of all political parties will lead to action.
“We hope that by passing a unanimous resolution of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador, as was done in the Nova Scotia Legislature, that our actions will push the federal government of Canada to action to end violence against Aboriginal women.”