Federal report doesn't include recommendation for inquiry into women’s death

Loretta Saunders. (Halifax Regional Police/HO)

Loretta Saunders. (Halifax Regional Police/HO)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:37 PM ET

A federal report on missing and murdered aboriginal women tabled Friday did not recommend a national inquiry, though pressure is mounting on the government to call one since Loretta Saunders' murder.

Saunders, 26, was found dead in a ditch on Feb. 26 after she went missing from her Halifax home.

An Inuk woman from Labrador, Saunders was writing her thesis about missing and murdered aboriginal women before she became one.

A petition by Saunders' cousin calling for an inquiry has netted more than 60,000 signatures in two days.

All three parties in Nova Scotia pushed for an inquiry this week, and Native protesters blocked highways in Ontario.

"This was her life's work and what was most important to her," Holly Jarrett, Saunders' cousin who started the Change.org petition, said in a press release.

"With an inquiry, we can complete Loretta's important work."

Amnesty International estimates Native women are five to seven times more likely than other women to die of violence in Canada.


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