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Missing and murdered indigenous women: from 1200 to 4000?


Missing and murdered aboriginal women were a neglected group in Canada for many years. Now preparations are underway for a national inquiry. One of the latest revelations is, that the total number of victims may be more in the range of 4000 women and girls, not the 1200 often quoted.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs MInister, Carolyn Bennett, spoke to reporters in Ottawa today, after completing a consultation process with First Nations communities. Along with the Status of Women Minister, Patty Hajdu, they travelled the country meeting with the families of many of the missing and murdered women.

Carolyn Bennett said they’ve heard from 1300 people on what a national inquiry should entail and what it should achieve. She said that many of the families felt ignored by police concerning their missing or murdered loved ones.


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