ITK President Terry Audla favours inquiry, with an Inuit bent

Terry Audla, the president of the of national Inuit group Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is in favour of an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, so long as it addresses the reality faced by Inuit women.

Canada's national Inuit organization is in favour of an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women  with conditions.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Terry Audla was at a gathering of premiers' and aboriginal leaders in Charlottetown yesterday. 

He says any inquiry has to reflect life in Inuit lands and address the different reality faced by Inuit women.

'It's more... violence in the home,” Audla said. “The spousal assaults. The lack of infrastructure when it comes to shelter and their counselling.”

Audla says Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada should be involved in setting parameters for an inquiry.    

Pauktuutit’s board agreed back in May that money for an inquiry could be better spent tackling known problems, such as the housing crisis that keeps women in abusive relationships and the fact that 70 per cent of communities in the North don’t have a safe shelter for women.