Yellowknife, NWT – RCMP are not disputing a report that they have identified more than a thousand cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
That’s hundreds more than previously thought.
The report says the Mounties arrived at their tally after contacting more than 200 other police forces across the country.
Prime Minister Harper has said repeatedly the problem does not warrant a public inquiry.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus says he agrees with Harper.
“There’s been a lot of work done on it and I heard the reasons why he thought there was no need for a commission. That all takes time, it costs money and whether or not it gets implemented is another thing. I’m fine with what the prime minister is saying.”
Earlier this year, the RCMP said it completed a comprehensive file review of more than 400 murdered and missing aboriginal women and girls within its jurisdiction, and would keep looking into other outstanding cases.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada has said it is aware of even more cases of murdered and missing aboriginal women and girls than the RCMP tally.
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