RCMP report on aboriginal women must be acknowledged

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The Harper Conservatives have been conspicuously silent on a matter that deserves their attention.

Last week, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) dropped a bombshell when it broke a story stating the RCMP had prepared a report confirming upwards of 1,000 unsolved investigations involving missing or murdered aboriginal women.

According to a CBC report, “the RCMP said (in a statement) there are 1,186 police-recorded incidents of aboriginal homicides and unresolved missing women investigations,” including 1,017 murders between 1980 and 2012 and 169 missing women dating back to 1952.

To put the issue in perspective, that translates to roughly one aboriginal woman disappearing or being killed every nine days in this country.

The Conservative Party of Canada has been confronted on many issues involving this country’s aboriginal population since it first formed government eight years ago.

The Idle No More movement was, at least in part, a response to the CPC’s attitude toward this country’s First Nations population, and a recent education bill — the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act — has received considerable criticism from some aboriginal groups.

That criticism was of a high enough pitch that Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, resigned from his post.

The Harper Government’s behaviour on the First Nations portfolio, whether flawed or otherwise, at least has the perception of being inadequate among Canada’s aboriginal community.

The realities presented in this latest RCMP report — though not reflecting in particular an inadequacy of the federal government — certain shine some light on the reasons why.

And the CPC’s continued silence on the matter doesn’t bode well for its ability to resolve this latest revelation in a matter satisfactory to First Nations people.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by its editorial staff.

Organizations: RCMP, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Assembly of First Nations Conservative Party of Canada CBC

Geographic location: Canada

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