Indigenous women are going missing and being murdered at a much higher rate than other women in Canada—a rate so high it constitutes nothing less than a national human rights crisis.
According to RCMP data, at least 1,017 Indigenous women and girls were murdered from 1980-2012.
Amnesty International is calling for a comprehensive, coordinated, and well-resourced National Action Plan, created in collaboration with Indigenous women and girls, to stop the violence.
A National Action Plan must address the root causes of violence and identify holistic, culturally-appropriate ways in which to prevent violence and to support those impacted by violence. The National Action Plan should include a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls – focused on exposing the nature of this violence and on ensuring government and police accountability for an effective and coordinated response.
Amnesty International stands in solidarity with the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and Indigenous peoples’ organizations to demand real action now to prevent more sisters from being stolen.
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