Inquiry must go beyond official tally of missing, murdered women: Bennett

OTTAWA -- Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says the examination of violence against aboriginal women must go beyond the murdered and missing.

See Full Article

Bennett says a specific count of victims doesn't capture the true number of aboriginal families in Canada that have been affected by violence.

Bennett made headlines Monday when she said the number of missing and murdered women is likely much higher than the 1,200 put forward in reports by the RCMP.

She says it is important to hear from survivors in the inquiry process, such as those who managed to escape from convicted killer Robert Pickton's farm in British Columbia.

The minister also says she's heard about some cases that were wrongly classified as suicides, such as when someone was found shot in the back of the head or with their arms tied behind their back.

Bennett says she does not have data to indicate how big the problem is, but says ministers have heard enough anecdotal evidence to believe the depth and breadth of the tragedy is greater than anticipated.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh denies 2nd sexual misconduct allegation

    World News CBC News
    The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, as second claim of sexual misconduct emerged from another woman. Source
  • Quebec party leaders back on campaign trail after visiting tornado victims

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL -- The thorny issue of sovereignty re-emerged on the Quebec campaign trail on Sunday, as Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard suggested his Coalition Avenir Quebec rival hadn't totally given up on the idea of an independent Quebec. Source
  • Teen killed as Nicaragua protest tensions flare again

    World News CTV News
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Armed men wearing hoods clashed with anti-government protesters in Nicaragua's capital Sunday, and police said a teenager was killed and five people were injured. Images on Nicaraguan television showed men carrying guns and the red and black flag of the government of President Daniel Ortega. Source
  • Trudeau affirms support for 'united Spain' following meetings with Spanish PM

    World News CBC News
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday he has confidence in the ability of the Spanish government and its people to resolve the Catalan secession crisis in a way that respects freedom of expression. Trudeau made the comment in Montreal on Sunday, where he hosted a series of meetings with his Spanish counterpart, Pedro Sanchez. Source
  • Vatican 'owes God an apology' over abuse allegations: N.L. activist's letter

    World News CBC News
    The prominent founder of a Newfoundland organization for clergy abuse survivors has written a letter to Pope Francis that says the Vatican "owes God an apology" for mismanagement of abuse allegations. "I realize you inherited this problem, but the way the Vatican mismanaged this crisis is disgraceful," wrote Gemma Hickey, founder of Pathways Foundation in St. Source
  • Georgia jury awards US$31M over boy's botched circumcision

    World News CTV News
    JONESBORO, Ga. -- A law firm says a Georgia jury has awarded US$31 million to a boy for a botched circumcision he received as a newborn. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the award was handed down Friday in northern Georgia's Clayton County. Source
  • Burials begin for victims of Tanzania ferry disaster that left 224 dead

    World News CBC News
    Relatives wept in grief on Sunday at the mass burial in Tanzania of many of the 224 people who drowned when a ferry in capsized on Lake Victoria. Colourfully painted coffins were lined up to go into graves on Ukara Island. Source
  • Say it ain't snow: Wintry first day of fall in the Prairies

    Canada News CTV News
    The first day of fall seemed more like the first day of winter in the Prairies as temperatures plummeted and snow fell. People from across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta snapped pictures of the mini-snowpocalypse on Saturday. Source
  • Spain saves some 440 migrants; new crackdown on rescue boat

    World News CTV News
    ROME -- Spain's maritime rescue service said Sunday it rescued more than 400 people from 15 small boats, most of them off the country's southern coast, while humanitarian groups lamented that the sole private rescue boat operating near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route risked being put out of action by Italy's anti-migrant leaders. Source
  • Amid furor, Trump pushes pause on deciding Rosenstein's fate

    World News CTV News
    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- As Air Force One streaked across the desert sky and Las Vegas faded in the distance, President Donald Trump began seeking opinions. The TVs on the plane, tuned as always to Fox News, carried headlines about an explosive new story: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had suggested wearing a wire to secretly record Trump, and raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. Source