PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - A First Nations chief from the area known as the "Highway of Tears" says a dispute between RCMP and advocates over alleged abuse can be resolved by a national inquiry led by an aboriginal woman.
The group Human Rights Watch was in Prince George on Tuesday to reiterate the findings of their recent report accusing RCMP of abusing aboriginal women and girls, including an allegation of rape.
The group wants a national inquiry.
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Chief Terry Teegee says an inquiry should be lead by an aboriginal woman who has first-hand knowledge of what it's like to live in one of the communities.
Human Rights Watch says they were told of abuses during a broader investigation into missing and murdered aboriginal women along Highway 16, dubbed the "Highway of Tears."
The federal government has not yet committed to an inquiry, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP to investigate the allegations.
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Age: 16 Last Seen: Aug. 9, 1974 near Lac La Hache. Body found Sept. 5, 1974 near 100 Mile House. Was believed to be hitchhiking. RCMP have determined through DNA testing that Bobby Jack Fowler was responsible for her death.
Gale Ann Weys
Age: 19 Last Seen: Oct. 19, 1973 in Clearwater. Body found April 6, 1974 along Yellowhead Highway. Believed hitchhiking to Kamloops.
Age: 19 Last Seen: Nov. 6, 1973 in Kamloops. Body found Nov. 7, 1973 in a city park. Believed to be hitchhiking at the time.
Age: 16 Last Seen: June 14, 1990, along Highway 16 in Smithers.
Age: 19 Last Seen: October 7, 1995 at a service station in Thornhill, B.C.
Age: 25 Last Seen: June 21, 2002 in Prince George. Believed to be hitchhiking on Highway 16.
Age: 22 Last Seen: Sept. 21, 2005 in Prince Rupert. Believed to be hitchhiking on Highway 16.
Age: 24 Last Seen: Aug. 26, 1989 in Prince Rupert. Body found Sept. 16, 1989 on Highway 16.
Age: 16 Last Seen: June 11, 1994, hitchhiking to a friend's home in Smithers. Body found April 1995, Smithers Airport.
Age: 15 Last Seen: Nov. 1994 in Prince George. Body found near Burns Lake.
Leah Alisha Germaine
Age: 15 Her body was found Dec. 9, 1994.
Cecilia Anne Nikal
Last Seen: 1989
Age: 14 Last Seen: Dec. 13, 1974 in Thornhill, B.C. Body found Apr. 6, 1975 near Terrace.
Aielah Saric Auger
Age: 14 Last Seen: Feb. 2, 2006 in Prince George. Body found Feb. 10, 2006 on Highway 16.
Age: 27 Last Seen: Oct. 25, 1969 in Williams Lake. Body found Oct. 26 1969.
Age: 18 Last Seen: July 1970 along Fort St. John/Hudson's Hope Highway. Body found Aug. 8, 1970 near Hudson's Hope. Last seen hitchhiking to a ranch.
Shelly Ann Bascu
Age: 16 Last Seen: May 3, 1983 near Hinton, Alberta. Seen walking along Highway 16.
Age: 12 Last Seen: May 6, 1978 near Nicola Lake. Body found in June 1995 north of Merritt.
Age: 33 Last Seen: May 8, 1981 in Salmon Arm. Body found May 9, 1981 near Kamloops. Believed to have been hitchhiking.