National inquiry should be launched now: Chief of Assembly of First Nations

The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations said he won't encourage more protests like the one in Napanee yesterday that cancelled train service for several hours.

However he said he still supports the message the protesters are trying to send and their mission to call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

Chief Shawn Atleo said the protests are garnering much-needed attention for an issue that the federal government continues to refuse to investigate.

He said the provinces and territories and international groups support launching a national inquiry.

"And there is support, I think, growing and broadening from the rest of Canada that we need to shine a light into some of the darkest corners of what's happening and it's a complete tragedy, the over 600 murdered, missing indigenous women and girls is absolutely unacceptable and this is the moment such an inquiry should be called," he said.

Atleo said Tuesday's train stoppage forced the issue to the forefront for the hundreds of people affected.

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