ITK Says Any Inquiry into Missing Aboriginal Women to Include Inuit

The president of Canada’s national Inuit organization has stressed in his latest remarks that Inuit women should be an essential part of any possible inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, since they are also facing unique and isolated circumstances although they rarely go “missing.”

President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Terry Audla, was attending the annual premiers’ Council of the Federation conference when he mentioned that Inuit women are no less victims of violence than other Aboriginal women in Canada. He alleged that unlike troubled First Nations women, Inuit women can’t hitchhike out of town. Audla stated that “we don’t have the road systems or the highways where that’s the case in a lot of southern Aboriginal communities,” adding that “if that were the case, we’d probably have a lot more missing women, a lot more women who find themselves in dire straits, and that would be just to get out of a dire situation at home.”

In addition to that, Audla stated that “violence in the home is still quite prevalent in Inuit Nunangat and I feel that if we address that kind of disparity as well as addressing the social determinants as to why there would be that much violence, that our women and children have to face, then definitely, I’m in support of getting to the root of the matter.” However, Prime Minister Steven Harper has persistently opposed any notion calling for a public inquiry into the estimated 1,181 deaths of aboriginal women since 1980.

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