“Society would be horrified if we found a litter of kittens or pups in the river in this condition. This is a child.” With that visceral statement, Winnipeg police Sgt. John O’Donovan captured the horror of finding the body of a pretty 15-year-old girl, Tina Fontaine, wrapped in a bag and dumped in the Red River. That Tina Fontaine was aboriginal in a province where fully half of female murder victims between 1980 and 2012 were First Nations only underscores the need for a national inquiry into missing and murdered native women. As Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, who has been calling for such an inquiry, lamented: “Not another one.” His comment captures the frustration that organizations clamouring for a public inquiry feel each time another aboriginal woman is found dead. The Harper government should stop dragging its heels on this issue and act now. Another aboriginal woman should not have to be murdered or go missing before Ottawa agrees to launch a national inquiry.