Success: Canada to Investigate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

DV-march via Donovan Shortey

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Dietmar Nowak says:

    You will join us, won’t you?
    So, please keep an eye on these investigations. Do what you have told to your people:

    You issued the statement after the swearing-in of the 29th Ministry:

    “We will shine more light on government to ensure it remains focused on the people it is meant to serve. Openness and transparency will be our constant companions, and we will work to restore Canadians’ trust in their government and in our democracy. We are committed to the highest ethical standards and applying the utmost care in the handling of public funds.

    “We will further strengthen our great country with a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on a recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. We will fulfil our sacred obligation to Canadian veterans and their families, who have given so much in service to our country. We are committed to both the security and safety of Canadians and the protection of their rights and freedoms.

    “Canada is strong not in spite of its diversity, but because of it, and we are committed to bringing new leadership and a new tone to Ottawa. We also made a commitment to pursue our goals with a renewed sense of collaboration. Most importantly, we will be a government that governs for all Canadians and brings Canadians together.

    “We will work tirelessly to honour the trust Canadians have given us, and together build an even better future for our children and grandchildren.”

    All the best to you – to all canadians and to all the peoples on earth.

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