The parents of an aboriginal girl found murdered last week in Kamloops have joined the call for a national inquiry into murdered and missing first nations women.
Matilda Fowler and Glen Wilson, the parents of 16-year-old CJ Fowler, joined Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and other aboriginal leaders in Vancouver to renew the demand for the government to look into such tragedies.
Matilda Fowler told a news conference that in their grief they have gained comfort from leaders who are advocating on behalf of her family and others who have lost loved ones.
Chief Atleo says the girl’s death has triggered an overwhelmingly painful reminder in all first nations communities across Canada and they won’t rest until safety and security for their peoples is achieved.
First Nations Summit Chief Ed John says the death of CJ is a terrible tragedy and another horrific example of violence against aboriginal women.
The demand comes as RCMP in Kamloops reveal that the teenager was last seen early in the morning on Dec. 5, walking down a main street to catch a bus to her Terrace home.