BC’s Aboriginal relations minister calls last week’s Ottawa roundtable on missing and murdered Aboriginal women a good start and says he’s hopeful progress can continue.
John Rustad attributes progress to the power of the messages delivered by family members of those lost, including Judy Maas and Lorelei Williams.
As for the decision by federal government ministers to hold a separate news conference at the end of the discussions, Rustad says the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women needs to transcend politics.
At a news conference after the meetings, Federal Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch again ruled out a national public inquiry called for by First Nations leaders and the BC government.
An estimated 1200 aboriginal women and girls have either been murdered or have vanished in the past 30 years.