A highly anticipated all-party Parliamentary committee report has raised the ire of opposition parties and First Nations groups across the country.
The report on curbing rates of violence against Aboriginal women released Friday makes 16 recommendations. Suggested measures include creating a public awareness campaign, strengthening the public justice system, maintaining the government's commitment to develop the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, implementing a national DNA missing persons index and providing more support for on-reserve Aboriginals.
To the chagrin of many, however, the Tory-dominated committee does not recommend a national inquiry.
The Native Women's Association of Canada has documented more than 580 occurrences of missing or murdered Aboriginal girls and women. They — along with all the opposition parties, each of the provincial premiers, the United Nations Human Rights Council, and the Assembly of First Nations — has called for a national inquiry.
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