Rice, other MLAs call for action on Missing Women’s Commission’s recommendations

  • Oct. 18, 2013 6:00 p.m.

The call from a UN official for an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada is a strong reminder of the necessity of implementing the recommendations of BC’s Missing Women’s Commission, say several Northwest MLAs, North Coast MLA including Jennifer Rice. “As we hear calls for an inquiry into violence against Aboriginal women across Canada it is more important than ever to demand that commissions result in action,” said North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice. “It has been almost a year since B.C.’s Missing Women’s Commission delivered it’s final report and nothing has been done to make the Highway of Tears safer.” Last week, James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, called on the Canadian government to investigate violence against Aboriginal women. BC New Democrats are calling on the provincial government to honour the memories of the mothers, sisters, and daughters that were taken from their friends, families and loved ones by acting immediately to implement the recommendations of the Missing Women’s Commission report.