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MPs table 'status quo' report on missing and murdered aboriginal women

03/07/2014 12:02 EST | Updated 05/07/2014 05:59 EDT
A much-anticipated report from MPs on the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women has been tabled in Parliament.

The report, titled "Invisible Women: A Call To Action,"​ was produced alongside dissenting opinions from the opposition parties — a strong indication the committee report will not be recommending a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder said immediately after it was tabled "the final report basically said that the status quo is fine and most recommendations suggest that things should continue as is."

Crowder will hold a news conference on Parliament Hill at 12:30 p.m. ET. CBCnews.ca is carrying the press conference live.

Liberal aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett will follow with her own news conference with the president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Michèle Audette, at 1 p.m. ET.

While the Conservatives have resisted mounting calls from a number of groups to launch a national public inquiry, they say the federal government has taken action to address the issue of violence against women with several anti-crime initiatives passed into law since 2006.

A spokesperson for Minister of Status for Women Kellie Leitch told CBC News in an email, "We would like to recognize the hard work and diligence of the members and witnesses of the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women.

"We look forward to reviewing and responding to their report," the email said before the report was tabled.

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