July 6, 2011 – Over 800 women and men marched to parliament this week bringing attention to our murdered and missing Aboriginal women. The situation in Canada is grievous. Close to 600 Aboriginal women have disappeared or were killed in the past three decades. Between 2000 and 2008 alone, 153 women went missing.
Sisters in Spirit, a project of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), conducted much of the research into the 600 disappearances and deaths. The data sounded the alarms and made the case that urgent action is needed. Last year the Conservative government declared the project finished and withheld further funding to all groups looking into Canada’s missing Aboriginal women.
In the name of our missing, killed and at-risk sisters, we must take a stand and demand action from our government. Aboriginal women are being pushed into situations where they are more vulnerable to violence. Protection from our police and justice systems is inadequate. Safe housing is all too often inaccessible. The vulnerability sends a message to men that they can get away with violence against Indigenous women. It’s time to send a new message.
Information referenced in this post came from: Women’s Words 2011: 800 march on Parliament for murdered and missing Aboriginal women; and Amnesty International: Stolen Sisters