07/15/2015 06:32 EDT | Updated 07/15/2016 01:12 EDT

Native leaders to discuss violence, children in care at meeting with premiers

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. — Canada's premiers are meeting with national aboriginal organizations today in Labrador.

And some native leaders say they will step up pressure for action on several fronts, particularly when it comes to dealing with violence against indigenous women.

Dawn Lavell Harvard of the Native Women's Association of Canada says she wants to see detailed work plans come out of the yearly sit-down with the Council of the Federation.

She says the provinces should step in as the federal Conservatives under Prime Minister Stephen Harper refuse to call a public inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women and girls.

Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says the issue will be front and centre at the meeting today in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Inuit leader Terry Audla says they will also discuss the disproportionate numbers of aboriginal children in provincial care.

The Canadian Press