CHARLOTTETOWN - The tragic homicide of Sagkeeng First Nation’s Tina Fontaine has sparked renewed demands for a national inquiry into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women epidemic in Canada.
The Native Council of Prince Edward Island, responding to 55th Annual Premiers First Ministers Conference said currently there is no promise of an inquiry so a response is being sought out by Aboriginal leaders and advocacy groups across the country.
The Native Council said there was considerable progress made during the recent premiers’ conference hosted by Prince Edward Island, regarding the acknowledgement of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.
"We are greatly concerned for those who are most vulnerable, especially when they take to the streets for any reason,” Chief Jamie Thomas. “We aim to provide alternative measures and counsel for anyone, especially Aboriginal women and children who are or feel that they are in danger.”
Thomas said off-reserve Aboriginals are at considerable risk when they take to the streets.
“Even in this age of information and ease of access thereof, many Aboriginal persons in questionable living arrangements are left in the dark, unsure of where to turn or who to turn to when help is needed,” the chief said. “In response to the horrific incidents affecting Aboriginal women and girls across the county, we along with our community partners will continue to do everything possible for those in need in Prince Edward Island."
In response to the Premiers Conference outcomes, The Native Council reminded its members, and would-be members, that there are in-house and co-operative services to assist and direct those experiencing abuse- and addiction related issues.
"All staff are dedicated to the health and well-being of our membership and those who qualify for membership and we look forward to hearing from them,” said Darragh Murray director of Administration and Program Development. “Our mission is to help our membership and be there for them when they have questions, concerns and issues.” To contact the staff at the Native Council of Prince Edward Island visit the website at www.ncpei.com or call Central-East 902-892-5314 or North-West 902-859-1472 or on Facebook and on Twitter @NativeCouncilPE.