Target: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Goal: Conduct a full and impartial inquiry into the murders and disappearances of indigenous women in Canada
A visit by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights has led to mounting attention towards the issue of deaths and disappearances of indigenous women in Canada. Various issues were brought up in the meeting, like the lack of aid the Royal Canadian Mounted Police gave to victims of violence, along with these victims suffering from police brutality and sexual assault.
There are 582 documented cases of missing and/or murdered indigenous women as of March 2010. Many of these killings took place between the 1960’s and the 1990’s, but 36 percent of these murders happened in just the 2000’s. Unfortunately recent numbers have not been tallied due to cuts in funding. The Humans Rights Watch also released a report which detailed the inadequate police procedures regarding complaints and oversight procedures. To assure that a full and impartial inquiry is completed without bias, the Canadian government needs to ensure that the inquiry is a public and national one.
“This visit is an important step toward accountability for decades of murders and disappearances of indigenous women and girls in British Columbia,” said Meghan Rhoad, women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Accountability is a necessity for the safe future of indigenous women and girls across Canada.” It is imperative that the Canadian government show compassion to their indigenous groups. Many of these women and girls who have gone missing are not found. The police procedures need to be immediately fixed so these lost souls can be located. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is skeptical about the inquiry regarding hundreds of murders and disappearances. Various provinces and territories in the nation have announced their support for the investigation, why is the prime minister denying his? Sign this petition and urge an immediate inquiry in their deaths and disappearance.
Dear Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
I am writing this letter to ask you to conduct a full, impartial and national inquiry into the deaths and disappearances regarding the indigenous women and girls of your nation. It has come to my attention that there is a mounting level of violence towards these groups of people. Reports detail that families of these victims have asked for aid from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Force, but their assistance has been lacking. There are even reports of police brutality and sexual assault towards these women. 582 people have been documented as either missing or killed since the 1960’s, with 36 percent of these incidents taking place in the 2000’s. Due to cuts in funding, data regarding how many are missing and their ethnicities are no longer available. This knowledge is important as it could pinpoint why and how these women are disappearing and getting murdered. I realize that you are skeptical about supporting this inquiry but your provinces and territories have agreed to back this action. Do the right thing and issue an investigation.
[You Name Here]
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