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Sault woman applauds RCMP report on First Nations woman

CBC News

A First Nations woman living near Sault Ste. Marie applauds a new police report about missing and murdered aboriginal women. It was released the report Friday.

The RCMP found that more than 1,000 aboriginal women were murdered or went missing in Canada between 1980 and 2012.

Barbara Nolan lives in Garden River, near Sault Ste. Marie. Her sister died 40 years ago. Nolan believes her sister was murdered.

She says the RCMP's report is a step in the right direction.

"I'm glad an organization such as the RCMP are taking it into their hands because for so long it has just been overlooked," Nolan said.

Despite accounting for four per cent of the total population, aboriginal women represent 16 per cent of all women murdered.

Nolan says the RCMP's report is a relief to many in the aboriginal community, who have long felt ignored by the rest of Canada.

"It's just a sense of relief that the RCMP have finally taken a step forward," Nolan said.

The report has renewed many calls for a public inquiry.

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