TORONTO, July 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO) supports the call by provincial and territorial leaders
for a national public inquiry into the case of missing or murdered
The issue was raised at this week's meeting of premiers by the Native
Women's Association of Canada (NWAC). The Association has documented
over 600 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women and girls, and
has been calling for an inquiry for a number of years.
"It is not acceptable for the federal government to continue to be
silent on this issue," said ETFO President Sam Hammond. "The fate of
these 600 women has been a concern for many in Canada, and it is time
that the Harper government take the necessary steps to ensure that
justice prevails for them."
In 2010, ETFO spoke out when the federal government did not renew
project funding for Sisters in Spirit, a group created by NWAC to focus
on resolving the epidemic of violence against aboriginal women.
"We would expect any government to embrace the goal of ensuring equity
and social justice for all women, especially aboriginal women. The
fact that provincial and territorial leaders have endorsed the call for
a national inquiry will hopefully convince the federal government to
fulfill its fundamental responsibility towards Aboriginal women and
move forward with an inquiry."
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations: Cell: 416-948-0195