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To: The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch

Demand an inquiry into violence against Aboriginal women

Dear Minister Leitch,

We call on you to implement recommendation number 41 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which reads as follows:

41. We call upon the federal government, in consultation with Aboriginal organizations, to appoint a public inquiry into the causes of, and remedies for, the disproportionate victimization of Aboriginal women and girls. The inquiry’s mandate would include:

i. Investigation into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

ii. Links to the intergenerational legacy of residential schools.

We believe that this inquiry will be the first step in making the world safer for Aboriginal women.

The Public of Canada

Why is this important?

Aboriginal women are 3 times more likely to experience violence than white women.

Current data on violence against Aboriginal women only includes cases under the jurisdiction of the RCMP (eg. missing and murdered women) and ignores women who experience violence but live.

This data also doesn't distinguish between Inuit, First Nations, and Metis women.

A fully transparent public inquiry is necessary to define the scope of this violence, and is the first step in implementing policy to make the world safer for these women.

This inquiry will be the first step in making Canada a safer place for all women.



2015-06-22 21:47:13 -0400

100 signatures reached

2015-06-19 21:10:00 -0400

50 signatures reached

2015-06-19 20:01:01 -0400

25 signatures reached

2015-06-19 19:43:13 -0400

10 signatures reached