FSIN wants inquiry into missing, slain aboriginal women

A Saskatchewan First Nations group is adding its voice to a call by Manitoba chiefs and others for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

An aboriginal group in Saskatchewan is adding to the call for an inquiry into missing and murdered women.

Interim Chief Morley Watson of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations says an inquiry is needed to find out why First Nation women are more susceptible to violent acts than any other demographic in Canada.

He says his group believes there are as many as 61 missing or murdered women with First Nation ancestry in Saskatchewan alone.

Last week, Manitoba chiefs and the federal New Democrats called for a national inquiry into the growing number of aboriginal women across the country who have fallen victim to violent crime.

It came after 52-year-old Shawn Cameron Lamb was arrested and charged in the deaths of three aboriginal women in Winnipeg.

David Harper, head of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, said he and other leaders sent a letter to the prime minister that asks him to commit to an inquiry by July 10.