A United Nations committee is echoing the call of critics who say Canada should establish a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women says Canada has violated the rights of aboriginal women by failing to thoroughly investigate why they are targeted for violence.
The body is adding its voice to domestic calls for an inquiry, which the Harper government has repeatedly said isn’t necessary.
The UN report says Canada’s police and the justice system have failed to effectively protect aboriginal women.
It says native women face grave and systematic violations of their rights.
Canada’s formal response to the committee disagrees with the conclusion that there has been such a violation and rejects the call for an inquiry.