Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – Leaders of the First Nations Summit are calling on the Commissioners of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) to commit to including RCMP conduct within the parameters of the Inquiry.

“Given the magnitude of internal sexual misconduct within the ranks of the RCMP, it is absolutely essential that that the conduct of the RCMP also be included in the lens of the National Inquiry into MMIWG”, stated Cheryl Casimer of the First Nations Summit Political Executive.

“The apology by senior RCMP officials as well as the compensation package to address the large number of victims that came forward to participate in two class action lawsuits clearly show the deep and serious nature of these shocking offenses within the RCMP. It is incumbent for the National Inquiry into MMIWG to examine whether or not this misconduct also filtered outside of the RCMP ranks or had any influence whatsoever on RCMP investigations into any cases involving missing and murdered indigenous women or girls”, added Ms. Casimer.