March held for missing and murdered indigenous women
Edmonton was one of 20 Canadian cities that held marches on Friday for missing and murdered Indigenous women whose deaths have never been solved.
The Edmonton event attracted more than 50 people to the University of Alberta campus.
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Although the federal government has offered millions of dollars to solve these cases, including setting up a DNA bank, marchers are frustrated that it will not call an inquiry.
“Our government is not doing their part,” said Maria Laboucan-Massimo. “This is one way of us telling people that.”
Bella Laboucan-Mclean, Laboucan-Massimo’s sister, fell 31 storeys to her death from a Toronto high rise last summer.
Laboucan-Mclean, who grew up on the Sturgeon Lake Cree First Nation, had just graduated from the fashion arts program at Humber College. Police consider her death suspicious but haven't yet made any arrests.
Edmonton-Strathcona NDP MP Linda Duncan can’t understand why the federal Conservatives won’t hold an inquiry into the deaths of aboriginal women.
“We don’t know and understand why they’re so stubborn and why they will not call this inquiry,” she said. “This is exactly what is needed.”
People at the march plan to continue calling for a public inquiry.