Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry calling for considerable reforms
The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is calling for considerable legal reforms, including that police services establish standardized protocols to ensure all cases are thoroughly investigated.
It's also calling for the creation of standardized response times to reports of missing Indigenous persons, as well as women and girls experiencing violence.
The inquiry report is due for public release at a ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec, on Monday.
It's the result of a years-long study by commissioners who were asked to probe systemic causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls and make recommendations on resolving them.
The report says Canadian society shows an "appalling apathy'' to addressing the issue, in what it says amounts to "genocide.''
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says she can't speak to specifics in the report before its formal release, but adds the government has always wanted to ensure families and survivors are not let down.