Killing, violence toward Indigenous women, girls 'not a relic of our past': PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says killings and violence toward Indigenous women and girls is sadly not a relic of Canada's past and that the justice system has failed them.

Trudeau told hundreds gathered for the formal release of findings from the national public inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls that the safety, security and dignity of Indigenous mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are ``routinely threatened.''

He says Canada has heard time and time again about disappearances, violence, or even deaths being labelled as low priority, or just ignored.

Trudeau received the inquiry report containing more than 200 recommendations in Gatineau, Que. this morning from four commissioners after they performed a traditional ceremony.

Chief commissioner Marion Buller says she and her three fellow commissioners are holding up a mirror to the country, reflecting what they heard from more than 2,300 people over two years of cross-country public hearings and work to gather evidence.

The recommendations, framed in the report as ``calls for justice'', include developing an effective response to human trafficking cases and sexual exploitation and violence, including in the sex industry.