The President of the Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council is outraged by the Prime Minister's refusal to call a national inquiry into more than a thousand cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.

Stephen Harper restated his opposition to an inquiry during his visit to Whitehorse on Aug. 21.

"We should not view this as a sociological phenomenon. We should view it as crime," Harper told reporters.

The death of teenager Tina Fontaine has renewed calls for the inquiry after her body was found stuffed in a bag in Winnipeg.


Marion Horne, the President of the Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council, says PM's comments outrageous. ((CBC))

Harper is being blasted by aboriginal leaders including Marion Horne, the president of the Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council, for not seeing the issue as systemic.

"It's egotistical of him to think that we don't need a national inquiry. We have all these missing and murdered aboriginal women. And is that not a societal problem?" said Horne.

"It is something that we should be looking at and be embarrassed about. The whole world is aware of this problem and yet our Prime Minister puts his head in the sand."

Horne said she will continue to push for an inquiry. She's also advocating for more trauma treatment and access to human rights protections for First Nations people.

"We got 30,000 signatures ourselves, and yet got denied that inquiry. We've sent funding to other countries. We have it in our own backyard and this is being overlooked," Horne said.

She's pleased the MP for Yukon, Conservative Ryan Leef, supports the call for a national inquiry, but she said she wants to see some action to back up his statement of support.