Susan Truppe: “There have been more than 40 studies on the plight of murdered and missing aboriginal women.”
By: Dana Wagner on
Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Conservative MP for London North Centre, during Question Period on February 27, 2015
Susan Truppe joins fellow MPs claiming there have been 40 studies on murdered and missing aboriginal women. They are correct. At least 58 studies on this topic exist since 1994.FactsCan Score: True
Responding to calls for a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women, the government has said that it will not further study the problem because enough studies have been produced.
“There have been more than 40 studies on the plight of murdered and missing aboriginal women,” said Susan Truppe, the parliamentary secretary for the status of women, in the House of Commons in February. “And now is not the time for studies. It is the time for action.”
The same number has been given by Peter Mackay, the justice minister, by Kellie Leitch, minister of labour and status of women, and by fellow Conservative MPs Joy Smith, Lois Brown, Stella Ambler, and Robert Goguen.
Are there more than 40 studies? Yes, there are.
A February 2015 report by the Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women counted 58 studies in 20 years since 1994. Forty of these have been used by the government, in a non-exhaustive list, to support its position. The remaining 18 were added by the coalition.
It is interesting to note that while various government MPs cite the 40-plus studies to support the decision not to pursue a national inquiry, some groups reason that the numerous studies are why a national inquiry is needed. Despite the high number of studies, the coalition reported that many of the recommendations within them had not been followed, including a recommendation to have a national commission of inquiry. Two of the studies calling for an inquiry are from the government’s list of 40 studies: by Human Rights Watch (2013) and the Assembly of First Nations (2012).