Statement on the 9th anniversary of the National Day of Vigils

October 4, 2014 | Safer Communities

“The City of Vancouver called for a national public inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls in our September 3rd submission to the Senate of Canada. On the 9th Anniversary of the “National Day of Vigils” it is important for that call to be repeated ever more strongly by voices throughout Vancouver and across Canada.

“In Vancouver, we are strengthening our efforts to protect and support the aboriginal women and girls who grow up and live here. This focus stems from the Downtown Eastside being ground zero in the horrific tragedy over a decade ago that saw one man alone murder dozens of women. But brutal tragedies persist in communities across Canada today and demand a national response.

“A national public inquiry must be called, and it must value community groups as equal voices. It must have a far-reaching mandate to seek answers and make meaningful recommendations, and it must be broadly empowered to examine all of the factors that have left Aboriginal women and girls so vulnerable to predators for far too long.”

“The families of the murdered and missing women need to know that their loved ones’ lives mattered. Today’s Aboriginal women and girls – and their families – need to know that they are entitled to the same safety, security, opportunities, and aspirations of every other Canadian.”

- Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver