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Roundtable to tackle aboriginal women’s ‘crisis’ – Toronto Star

by NationTalk on February 24, 2015585 Views

February 24, 2015

As calls for a national inquiry go on, native groups hope Friday’s roundtable in Ottawa on missing and murdered aboriginal women lead to a plan to solve the issue.

Every year on April 29, Sue Martin marks her daughter Terrie’s death by holding a vigil where she cooks and invites family members over to pray and share stories about loved ones.

Terrie was 24 when she was murdered in her Calgary home in 2002 while her children were in their rooms. She had been severely beaten, but to this day no one has been charged for the crime.

Martin believes there needs to be tougher laws and more police resources to deal with killings involving aboriginal women, like her daughter.

“We need more education for our women, and more safe places for our women to go,’’ Martin said, referring to shelters for aboriginal females.

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