Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women Inquiry Won’t Be Expanded to Men

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A national inquiry established to assess Canada’s disproportionate number of missing and murdered indigenous women will not be expanded to include indigenous men, however it will look into violence against men in order to further understand the female tragedy. Critics worry that this would create an imbalance for families with missing fathers, brothers and sons.

A national inquiry established to examine the disproportionate missing and murder cases of indigenous women will reportedly not be extended to indigenous men. However, the inquiry will be exploring ways that violence against men contributes to the disproportion.

Critics’ Complaints About the Inquiry

Critics have said that the homicide rate for indigenous men is three times that of indigenous women, and are less likely to be solved.

Families who have lost fathers, brothers and sons have asked that the inquiry be non-gender specific and broadened to all aboriginal deaths and disappearances.

Responses to the Inquiry

The lead lawyer of the inquiry nonetheless said at a news conference on Tuesday that female cases will still remain the central issue. “The national inquiry will stay focused on its mandate to inquire and to report on systemic forms of violence against indigenous women and girls in Canada,” Susan Vella said.

She did say that male cases will be looked in order to further understand the “vulnerabilities” of indigenous women.

Chief Ernie Crey of Cheam First Nation in British Columbia- whose sister was killed by a serial killer, Robert Pickton- said: “My main concern is that the families of missing men and boys who feel they may have something to contribute, and who would like to talk to the commissioners in their hearings, feel welcome to do so, that they feel included and that they’re not turned away at the door.”

Crey is part of “Expand the Inquiry”, a group that urges that men be included in the inquiry.

“We won’t see another inquiry like this probably for another generation, if ever, and you end up with half a picture if you don’t address the issue of men and boys.”