Despite the recurring denials by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the premiers have once again urged the federation to launch a public inquiry into missing and murdered native women, while also considering other options to tackle the crisis.
Saskatchewan Premier, Brad Wall, mentioned in his remarks on Wednesday that “part of the problem is just the sheer numbers we’re talking about here,” explaining that “for example, in Saskatchewan today there are 31 missing people — 17 of them are aboriginal women.” Consequently, Wall stressed that “that’s how important this issue is — 50 per cent of the missing people in Saskatchewan are aboriginal women and they only . . . account for about 7 per cent of the population.” According to the figures maintained by the RCMP, approximately 1,017 aboriginal women have been murdered since 1980.