A group of advocates for B.C.’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women continue to call for a national inquiry into those hundreds of cases across Canada.
Lorelei Williams, a facilitator of healing at the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre, says there’s a lot of work the national inquiry needs to do…
“I have gone across the country to speak about this issue, I even went to New York to speak about it. People ask me ‘Why are you here?’ and I tell them why, and they just can’t believe how much of an issue this is in our country.”
Williams says the B.C. government botched its response to the province’s own inquiry in 2012.
The group has cited a lack of “ongoing accountability” from the province on the work that remains to be done, such as the creation of a shuttle service along B.C.’s Highway of Tears.
The government has called that unnecessary.
In a statement, Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says B.C. has made “significant changes” coming out of the inquiry three years ago.
She says the government has compensated the children of victims, helped improve cell coverage by 50 per cent along the highway, and brought in new tools for police to find missing people.