Shawn Atleo repeats call for murdered and missing women inquiry

Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency file photo)

Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency file photo)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:11 PM ET

OTTAWA - National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Shawn Atleo appeared to condone the blockade of a busy VIA railway corridor Wednesday that disrupted the travel of more than 4,000 people.

Speaking at the Ottawa mayor's breakfast series Thursday, Atleo told reporters his understanding of this most recent blockade revolved around "calls for a full, national, public commission of inquiry on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls."

"The AFN stands strong that we are calling for a national public inquiry," he said. "The chiefs in the assembly have also stood firmly behind such a call and will continue to press this government to heed such a call."

The Tyendinago Mohawks erected a blockade of the VIA railway line, stopping all trains heading east from Toronto in what some protesters were reportedly calling a "national day of action."

Atleo said the international community, provinces and territories support calls for a national inquiry.

That support, however, isn't growing among the federal government.


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