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Ten unheeded calls for a national inquiry into missing, murdered aboriginal women

The United Nations' special rapporteur on indigenous rights re-issued his call for a national inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women when he released his recent report on May 12. 

James Anaya's call came only weeks after the RCMP admitted the number of missing and murdered women is far, far higher than previous counts. On May 1, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson told reporters the force had compiled a list of 1,186 cases. Nearly 86 per cent of those, he said, were murders.

The number was previously estimated at nearly 600 by the Native Women's Association of Canada.

Some advocates, however, question whether a national inquiry would truly turn the tide of disproportionate violence towards Indigenous women -- or if the money could be better spent on prevention programs.

Still, many press for an inquiry. Compiled in February 2014, this list published by Indian Country Today Media Network offers just a few.

Click here to read the list.

David P. Ball is a staff reporter at The Tyee.

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