A gathering of Aboriginal peoples and provincial and federal political leaders has adjourned with a plan to keep talking about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The roundtable brought together families of the victims, groups representing First Nations, Inuit and Metis, and representatives of the provinces, territories and the federal government.

The gathering was a compromise to the full-blown national inquiry that pretty much everyone in the room — except for the Conservative government — wants.

They spent seven hours discussing three main topics: prevention and awareness; community safety; and policing measures and justice responses.

Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod says the group has agreed to reconvene for another meeting before the end of next year.

Earlier in the afternoon, a small group of roundtable attendees gathered in the lower level of the hotel in protest, one woman complaining that politicians were the only ones doing any speaking.

(The Canadian Press)