06/22/2015 15:49 EDT | Updated 06/22/2016 01:12 EDT

Alberta's Rachel Notley apologizes to aboriginals for residential school abuse

EDMONTON - Premier Rachel Notley has apologized on behalf of Alberta to indigenous peoples for decades of abuse in residential schools.In a speech to the legislature, Notley also added her voice to those calling for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.Notley's apology comes after the release earlier this month of a report chronicling generations of abuse inflicted on thousands of aboriginal children at residential schools.Notley says Alberta legislators did not create the residential school system, but turned a blind eye to its abuses.She also urged the federal government to hold an inquiry into the root causes of the disproportionate deaths and disappearances of aboriginal women.Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government has resisted such an inquiry, saying the issue has been studied thoroughly and that steps are being taken to remedy the problems.