No stance so far from Canada’s police chiefs of inquiry into missing aboriginal women

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Groups calling for a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women have not asked the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police to support their request.

However, the organization’s president, Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu, says the issue is being talked about at the group’s annual convention, currently underway in Victoria.

“The CACP has a committee called policing with aboriginal people and they’ve met here for a couple of days, talked to the co-chairs of that committee, and they’ve had an extensive discussion on it.”

The murder of a 15-year-old girl in Manitoba has renewed calls for an inquiry, but Ottawa has refused.

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  1. According to the RCMP, there are 6,420 missing persons in Canada, of whom 1,455 are women. Of those missing 1,455 women, 164 are Aboriginal. And out of those, 105 are missing in unknown or suspicious circumstances.

    88% of murders of Aboriginal women have been solved by police – almost identical to the 89% of murders of non-Aboriginal women.

    According to RCMP stats . . . 30% of these Aboriginal victims were murdered by their husbands, 23% by another family member. And another 30% were murdered by an acquaintance. Only 8% of Aboriginal women were murdered by strangers.
    71% of the murderers of Aboriginal women already had a criminal record. Fifty-three percent had been convicted before of a violent crime; 62% had a history of violence with the specific murder victim herself.
    The alcohol abuse, the social abuse, the lack of jobs, the welfare rates, all point to social ills in Aboriginal communities, particularly reserves. Indian chiefs have some answering to do.

    But if police can’t find these women, how can a room full of white lawyers and activists, in a media circus?

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