For Canada’s Indigenous Women, Going Missing Is a Terrifying Possibility

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Elder Eugene Harry of the Squamish Nation looks at a poster of missing women prior to performing a ceremonial blessing at the start of the missing women inquiry in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. (Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Elder Eugene Harry of the Squamish Nation looks at a poster of missing women prior to performing a ceremonial blessing at the start of the missing women inquiry in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. (Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Nov 4, 2014

There’s an epidemic in our country that our government is refusing to respond to. For Indigenous women in Canada, the idea that they might go missing is a terrifying reality. The United Nations has urged Canada to launch a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women. But Harper has not been willing to act. Disappointing as the news is, it’s, unfortunately, not surprising that a settler-colonial state does not value the lives of Indigenous women as much as other citizens.

The RCMP recently released information stating that the number of missing and murdered is around 1,200 women. The rate that Indigenous women go missing…

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