CAFE Press Release:
OTTAWA, ONTARIO — (December 5, 2016) - A new coalition called Expand the Inquiry has arrived in Ottawa calling for the National Inquiry Into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls to be expanded to include victims of all genders.
The coalition is headed by BC Indigenous leader and author Chief Ernie Crey. It was created by Lydia Daniels, a member of the Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba, whose son Colten Pratt has been missing since 2014.
The coalition will host a public event on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00 PM Eastern Time at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West, in the Colonel By Room. The event will feature Chief Ernie Crey and UBC Professor of Political Science Adam Jones, who has launched a petition calling for a gender-inclusive Inquiry.
Chief Ernie Crey will then lead a press conference on Thursday, December 8th at 10:00 AM at the Charles Lynch Press Conference Room, Room 130-S, in Centre Block of Parliament.
Statistics Canada data on murdered Indigenous peoples over a 29 year period (1982-2011) show that over 70% of murdered Indigenous Canadians were men and boys.
The coalition submitted a letter pointing out these startling figures to the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, on October 6, 2016. The letter formally requested the Government of Canada conduct a gender inclusive National Inquiry. The coalition has received no official response as yet.
Chief Ernie Crey
Expand the Inquiry Coalition Chairperson
Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey
Executive Director, Canadian Association for Equality (coalition member organization)