Linda Duncan welcomes UN inquiry into fate of Aboriginal women and girls

December 13 2011

Linda Duncan welcomes UN inquiry into fate of Aboriginal women and girls

Ottawa – Linda Duncan, M.P. today urged the Conservative Government to cooperate fully with a United Nations investigation into Canada’s murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls, announced today by the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

“Canada’s indigenous peoples have long awaited a national inquiry and will expect the Harper government to fully assist and cooperate with the U.N. in ensuring a thorough review,” said Duncan, who is NDP Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Critic and will address the issue during Question Period in the House of Commons this afternoon.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) will conduct an investigation into the 600 documented murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada in the last 20 years.

It’s only the second time the CEDAW Committee has launched this type of investigation, the first was in Mexico. These investigations are only used as a last resort, when the government has failed to resolve the situation. The Committee, composed of 23 independent experts from around the world, is the UN’s main authority on women’s human rights.

 

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