A Regina mother whose daughter went missing has launched a multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuit against Ottawa and the RCMP.
Danita Faith has been missing for more than 10 years, and her mother Diane BigEagle is caring for her two children.
The statement of claim alleges a negligent and lackadaisical approach to investigating missing and murdered Indigenous women.
The lawsuit filed by lawyer Tony Merchant on BigEagle’s behalf alleges the conduct of the RCMP was wilful, arrogant, callous, and high-handed, and constituted a gross violation of the rights of the plaintiff.
Statements of claim contain allegations that have not been proven in court.
Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, refused to comment on a specific case before the courts.
But he says last month, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki apologized to families while appearing at the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
The lawsuit includes the names and stories of 36 Indigenous women and girls who are missing or have been murdered.
(The Canadian Press)