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Published on Dec 10, 2010
Indigenous Rights Activists and Allies take over a walkway bridge outside of Toronto's City Hall to protest the Harper Governments lack of action concerning Missing and Murdered Women in Canada.
The list of Missing and Murdered Native women in Canada grows to 600+ cases.
Only 53% of the cases involving Native women was someone charged, whereas the average rate for charges in a homicide in Canada is 84%.
Lives at risk:
According to a Canadian government statistic, young Native women are five times more likely than other women of the same age to die as the result of violence.
Native women have long struggled to draw attention to violence within their own families and communities. Canadian police and public officials have also long been aware of a pattern of racist violence against Native women in Canadian cities -- but have done little to prevent it.
All levels of Canadian government (Federal, Provincial, Municipal and First nations) should work closely with Native women's organizations to develop a comprehensive and coordinated programme of action to stop violence against Native women.
Immediate action should be taken to implement a number of long overdue reforms, including: Institute measures to ensure that police thoroughly investigate all reports of missing women.
Provide adequate, stable funding to the frontline organizations that provide culturally-appropriate services such as shelter, support and counselling to help
Native women and girls escape from harm's way.
"When will the Canadian government finally recognize the real dangers faced by Native women?"
Families all over Canada are wondering how many more sisters and daughters we have to lose before real government action is taken.
1) Demand that the government of Canada re-establish its support for Native Womens Association of Canada (NWAC) in their effort to ensure that missing and murdered Aboriginal women are a National Priority.
2) Demand that the Government of Canada ensure that proper facilities within communites such as womens shelters and services are available for those people who are victims or have lost thier loved ones through acts of violence.
3) Demand that the Government of Canada establish an independent, public commission of inquiry into missing and murdered women.