In response to a recent RCMP report on missing and murdered aboriginal women, Kenora councillors are calling for national inquiry. The report confirms that the number of cases exceeded previous public estimates.

"To me it's absolutely critical that council, as representatives of our community, do support an national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women," said councillor Rory McMillan. "My primary reason for that is to get at the cause of this issue and to get in some programs that can help solve these issues that take place in aboriginal communities that we are neglecting."

According to a recent RCMP report, there were 1,181 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women between 1980 and 2012. Aboriginal women represent only 4.3 per cent of the female population but 16 per cent of female homicides.

"I think a lot of people have seen the discussion in the news. My personal view is why not? I think a review might show the root problem and it might bring out some things where here's the problem, maybe we're looking at the wrong place for answer," said Mayor Dave Canfield.

While the RCMP report does not specifically call for a national inquiry, many are using the statistics as evidence to show that there is indeed a huge problem. Back in 2014, James Anya of the United Nations, recommended that the federal government undertake a comprehensive nationwide inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

A copy of the resolution from Kenora council calling for an inquiry will be sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, various ministers including Kenora MP Greg Rickford, Grand Council Treaty # 3 and various First Nation women's groups in the area.

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