Target: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Goal: Praise inquiry into 1,200 missing and murdered First Nations women.
A federal inquiry will be launched into the murders and disappearances of 1,200 indigenous women in Canada. According to an announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Assembly of First Nations, the government has already begun setting up framework for the inquiry, and will work with First Nations bands across the country in order to determine the best way to conduct the investigation. After successful pressure from activists, including those at ForceChange, the proceedings are slated to begin in spring of 2016.
Currently, indigenous women make up only four percent of the Canadian population, but account for 16 percent of all female murder victims and 12 percent of missing women. Reports of sexual and physical violence are submitted three times more frequently by native women than the rest of the female population. A sampling of 750 cases dating back to the 1960’s suggests that one-third of these murders remain unsolved.
Years of requests by First Nations leaders and activists for such an inquiry previously went unheard by the Stephen Harper government. As part of Mr. Trudeau’s efforts to repair relations with the Natives in Canada, he will not only be opening this investigation but examining policies surrounding housing, education, and infrastructure within the Native community. Sign the petition below to praise the Trudeau government for taking the initiative to address the concerns of the Indigenous community, which includes an inquiry into the 1,200 missing and murdered First Nations women.
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
The Canadian government has recently announced that it will be launching an inquiry into 1,200 cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, a third of which remain unsolved after decades. The government will be working closely with First Nations leaders and advocates in order to determine the best way of conducting the investigation, which is set to begin in spring of 2016.
First Nations women in Canada face a higher risk of kidnapping, murder, and domestic or sexual violence than other women in the country. In order to protect them, it is necessary that the government and law enforcement officials do everything possible to punish those responsible, as well as work together to come up with ways of addressing the current risks. We, the undersigned, praise the launch of an inquiry into the 1,200 cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women.
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