Peter Taptuna says education key to ending violence

Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna is among the premiers who want to see action taken on the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women, though he would not say outright whether he supports an inquiry or not.

Nunavut premier would not say outright whether he supports an inquiry

Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna is among the premiers who want to see action taken on the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women. 

In an interview with CBC, Taptuna did not outright support a national inquiry, but he did say that violence against women is a big concern for his territory. 

Taptuna noted that Nunavut is made up of 85 per cent Inuit, and that the territory suffers from 13 times more violence against women than the rest of the country.

“That’s something that I’m quite concerned about and we’ve got to take a good hard look at that.”

Taptuna said that one of the key things he’s spoken about many times is better education at the K-12 level, which he says is the long-term solution.

"Hopefully it’ll alleviate some of our social problems, including violence against women. It’s not gonna happen overnight." 

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