Carrier Sekani Family Services

February 25, 2010 13:02 ET

CSFS Wants Response For Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women

Carrier Sekani Family Services Wants Response to Year Old Letter Requesting an Inquiry into Missing and Murder Women on the Highway of Tears

Attention: Assignment Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor PRINCE GEORGE, BC, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2010) - Executive Director Warner Adam of Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) has sent another letter to Premier Gordon Campbell and Attorney General Michael de Jong requesting an inquiry into the missing and murdered women on the Highway of Tears. The letter comes as follow up to a letter sent last April 20, 2009 to Premier Campbell and then Minister Wally Oppal from CSFS Highway of Tears coordinator Mavis A. Erickson. Erickson's letter has not received an answer and it is coming up to the one year anniversary of the letter being sent. Executive Director Adam wants an answer to whether there will be an inquiry into the missing and murdered women on the Highway of Tears.

In the meantime, Last week Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconcilliation George Abbott said "no" to an inquiry into the missing and murdered aboriginal women in BC. During question period Thursday February 11th Minister Abbott said that "the police investigations into the individual cases would be sufficient." Adam's response to Minister Abbott is "That is unacceptable".

According to Adam "It is obvious that the RCMP will never solve some of the cases that have seen a considerable time lapse since the first disappearance. It has been 41 years since the first Indigenous woman associated with the Highway of Tears cases went missing. Many people involved including police officers will have retired and undoubtedly paperwork has been lost and evidence misplaced in these cold cases. This is why CSFS and other First Nations groups in Canada continue to ask for an inquiry. As noted by Adam "With 137 missing and murdered Indigenous women. In Canada it is believed that there are 520 missing and murdered Indigenous women and that is a low estimate."

Adam continued in his statement, "To date the United Nations Periodical Committee and the Committee to End Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) have asked Canada to have a full inquiry into the missing and murdered women in Canada. So far the calls have gone unheeded by both levels of Government in Victoria and Ottawa. Examining the cases and showing respect for women missing and murdered would demonstrate the commitment to recognition and reconciliation adopted by the federal and provincial governments, and provide tangible evidence of the commitment to the philosophies engendered by the Prime Minister through Canada's residential school apology."

A time line of one year for a response is not indicative of recognition and reconciliation and the letter requesting an inquiry is worthy of a response from the Provincial Government.
IN: JUSTICE, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Warner Adam, Executive Director, Carrier Sekani Family Services
    Primary Phone: 250-612-9722