WATCH ABOVE: An excerpt from 16×9’s “The Missing and the Murdered.”
There was a sense of optimism coupled with realism when Canadian federal ministers, premiers, chiefs and families of victims came together last week for a national roundtable discussion on missing and murdered indigenous women.
“Families are looking for action today to make sure they’re supported in their time of need, making sure they’re protected when they experience these violent crimes,” said Federal Minister for the Status of Women, Kellie Leitch.
There was talk of action plans, creating a framework to raise awareness and plans to meet again next year, but no new money from the federal government and no inquiry. That left women, such as Bernadette Smith whose sister Claudette Osborne went missing in 2008, disappointed.
“No, I don’t think she would be happy,” Smith said of her sister. “I’m definitely not walking out of there saying ‘Yippee!’”
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