Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

In May 2014 the RCMP stated that more than 1,000 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women have been reported to police.

More key facts:

  • Indigenous women in Canada are approximately seven times more likely to be murdered than non-indigenous women.
  • At least eight Aboriginal women between the ages of 21 and 50 have been murdered in Canada just in the past six months.
  • According to the Native Women's Association of Canada, on cases they have documented, only 53% have resulted in criminal charges. By contrast, over 80% of total homicides in Canada have been cleared by police.
  • In 2010 the Harper government cut funding to NWAC's groundbreaking and internationally-recognized Sisters in Spirit database and research project. Sisters in Spirit was responsible for cataloguing, detailing and bringing to public attention hundreds of these cases.
  • In 2011 the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women announced they would investigate. In 2013, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, concluded that a national inquiry is needed to examine the “disturbing phenomenon” of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

MoveUP is reaffirming its call for a national public inquiry into the shocking and tragic number of missing and murdered Aboriginal girls and women in Canada.

To read MoveUP President David Black's open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, click here.

To send your own message to Prime Minister Harper, click here.

According to the Native Women's Association of Canada, more than 582 indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered in Canada. Advocates believe the number is closer to 800.