Indigenous rights

U.N. official: Canada has failed to protect indigenous women from violence

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According to the U.N. official Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the Canadian government has repeatedly failed to protect its indigenous women from violence — for decades. While she acknowledged that the government had taken some steps to protect Aboriginal women, including direct funding for 30 organizations to help reduce violence against them, she remained skeptical about responses and has renewed a call for a national inquiry into the problem. According to a report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, violence against First Nations women has claimed 1,017 victims from 1980 to 2012, and another 164 remain missing. “The government looks at it as not really something that’s related to racism,” said Tauli-Corpuz. Assembly of First Nations chief Perry Bellegarde said “Canada’s inaction in regard to missing and murdered Indigenous women is getting increasing international attention, and this latest from CEDAW calling it a ‘grave violation of human rights’ cannot be ignored.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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