Crisis in Canada: Missing and Murdered, Who Will be Next?

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Imagine kissing your daughter as she leaves for school in the morning only to realize later that evening it would be the last kiss that you would give her, this is a reality many are facing in Canada. Thousands of aboriginal Canadian women have gone missing and have been murdered within thirty year period.   As numbers continually rise, many Canadians ask these questions: Where are these mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives? Why are these women being murdered? Am I next?

Upon writing her college thesis about missing and murdered aboriginal women, Loretta Saunders, an Inuit Native went missing on February 14th of 2014; a few days later her body was found west of Salisbury, N.B. Her story has sparked an outrage and loud cry for international help. Loretta’s cousin, Holly Jarrett has started a campaign, the #AmINext Campaign with a petition to ask Canadian politicians for immediate public inquiry on these missing and murdered women.

Recently the Canadian Federal government has responded to these cries with a possible roundtable (discussion) with the Council of Federation and aboriginal leaders. Although, many leaders are questioning Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper slow actions in response to public inquiry they hope that this roundtable will initiate positive results.

“As Canadians, I believe we want to look after each other, and I think we want to protect the most vulnerable, especially missing and murdered aboriginal women from being victimized,” says Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.

As aboriginal women only make up 3% of female population in Canada these women and girls represent approximately 10% of all female homicides in Canada.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada have been tracked information about 582 missing and murdered aboriginal women over the years:

  •  67% are murder cases (death as the result of homicide or negligence)
  •  20% are cases of missing women or girls
  •  4% are cases of suspicious death—deaths regarded as natural or accidental by police, but   considered suspicious by family or community members.
  •  9% are cases where the nature of the case is unknown—it is unclear whether the woman was murdered, is missing or died in suspicious circumstances.

The petition for public inquiry has generated over three hundred thousand signatures but unless Canadian politicians step up, these numbers will continually rise and the voices of many indigenous women will be forgotten.

Yolanda Begay | News Cult

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