OTTAWA - The Assembly of First Nations says the murder of a 16-year-old native teen is yet another reason Ottawa should call a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
National Chief Shawn Atleo says the death of Summer Star Elizabeth Krista-Lee Fowler has triggered an overwhelmingly painful reminder of losses suffered by other families whose loved ones have disappeared or been killed.
The addition of Fowler, also known as "CJ", to the list of women has prompted him to urge Prime Minister Stephen Harper to make the matter a higher priority in order to prevent further crimes.
Over the past week, members of the assembly gathered and committed to renew efforts to seek safety and justice for aboriginal citizens, as well as accountability for those who have died.
Aboriginal groups want an inquiry into an estimated 600 aboriginal women who have disappeared or been killed in the last two decades, although last month a meeting of provincial cabinet ministers only decided to debate the issue further in the spring.
The body of Fowler, a member of the Gitanmaax (git-n-max) First Nation in Hazelton, B.C., was discovered by a man walking his dog in Kamloops on Wednesday and an autopsy confirmed it was homicide.