The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada Now Considered a Genocide

Canada’s inquiry into the missing and murdered indigenous women concluded with a report that now labels the crisis a genocide.

The two and a half year inquiry found the deaths and disappearances of thousands of victims have gone unreported with the exact number of the missing and murdered unknown. A lack of apathy from police, as well as a lack of resources for First Nations police services, have contributed to the neglect of investigations for these victims.

“The hard truth is we live in a country whose laws and institutions perpetuate violations of fundamental rights, amounting to a genocide of indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA,” said Chief Commissioner of the inquiry Marion Buller in a statement.

He added, “..all of the missing and murdered are economic, social, and political marginalization, racism and misogyny woven into the fabric of Canadian society.”

For more on this story, go to the Common Dreams news site.

The Realist Woman’s take:

What’s been happening to the indigenous women of Canada is an abomination. But more than that, it’s now considered a genocide.

The news of the missing and murdered indigenous women is something I’ve been following for a long time and I have to say when it came to this inquiry, I didn’t expect this particular outcome. With that said, I think it accurately defines the crimes against these women.

There’s been news as of late about Canada investing one billion dollars in the health of women and girls globally, and the country even made the top 10 list of countries achieving gender equality. But this story on indigenous women is nothing short of shameful.

I hope Canada feels enough shame to take action steps, pass laws and implement policy to forever change the way it treats indigenous women.

For those of you who don’t know, the story above mentioned the missing and murdered are also part of the 2SLGBTQQIA communities, which stands for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual.