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NTI Voices Support for National Inquiry

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Vice-President James Eetoolook today confirmed support for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.

“NTI supports a national inquiry. An inquiry is a necessary and critical step in improving the way Canada treats Aboriginal women and crimes against Aboriginal women,” said Eetoolook. “We stand in solidarity with all the organizations and voices calling for an inquiry in order to find justice and address the underlying issues that cause Aboriginal women to be victimized at a far greater rate than non-Aboriginal women.”

The National Operational Overview on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women released by the RCMP in May 2014 identified 1,181 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canadian police databases between 1980 and 2012. The evidence clearly shows elevated violence toward Aboriginal women and a lack of resolution of violent crimes against Aboriginal women. This is tragic and unacceptable.

NTI’s 2013-14 Annual Report on the State of Inuit Culture and Society states that “Nunavut is the most dangerous jurisdiction in Canada in which to be a women or child. Women in Nunavut are the victims of violent crime at a rate more than 13 times the rate for women in Canada as a whole.”

“NTI recognizes there is violence in Nunavut communities. We need support and resources to end the victimization of women and children. Responding to this unacceptable reality should be a priority for the Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada,” said Eetoolook.

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Kerry McCluskey

Director of Communications

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated

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Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated