Trudeau announces inquiry into missing, murdered native women


OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday an inquiry into why 1,200 indigenous women were murdered or have gone missing over decades. Their fate has been a festering wound in many of Canada’s more than 600 native communities, with allegations of mishandled murder investigations or failures to look into missing persons cases. The previous Conservative administration had long resisted calls for an inquiry, seeing the disproportionate number of deaths and disappearances as resulting from domestic violence. Trudeau, in announcing a public inquiry, is seeking a rapprochement with the 1.4 million descendants of Canada’s original inhabitants, who make up 4.3 percent of the country’s total population.



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