The number of Aboriginal women going missing and being murdered in Canada
constitutes a human rights crisis. The numbers have become so high, with so
little being done, that the United Nations has intervened, calling on the
Canadian government to hold an inquiry into the matter (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canada-s-aboriginal-well-being-efforts-insufficient-un-envoy-says-1.
2639509). In Canada, Aboriginal women are three (3) times more likely than
non-Aboriginal women to report being a victim of a violent crime, and are more
than four (4) times more likely to be murdered. As Canadians, we cannot continue
to ignore the crimes being committed against our Aboriginal women and girls.
What you can do: A variety of options for getting involved are set out on
Amnesty International’s ‘No More Stolen Sisters’ website, found here: http://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/issues/indigenous-peoples/no-more-stolen-sisters.
Sign a petition, write a letter to your local MP, raise awareness, attend vigils
– there are many opportunities to become involved and make a difference.