Canada officially launched its nationwide investigation into the disappearance of indigenous women on Wednesday, with officials saying they would pour nearly $20 million worth of resources into the probe to come up with solutions to deal with violence against the group. Following years of complaints from families of victims that police do not adequately investigate violent crimes against the community’s women, the country’s Indigenous Affairs Minister, Carolyn Bennett, appointed five independent commissioners to investigate the ways in which local and national law enforcement and government agencies have failed to protect the women.
The United Nations reported last year that indigenous women were five times more likely to die from violence than non-native women. The commission, which includes lawyers, judges, and advocates, will also summon witnesses to testify for the investigation, and will ultimately provide recommendations for how Canada can better protect its indigenous women. Bennett said she expects results by December 2018. Back in April, Bennett took part in a panel titled “Canada’s Shame” at the Women in the World New York Summit and talked about the problem. Watch the full discussion below.
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