Report: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in British Columbia

Organization of American States (OAS)
The OAS’s Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released a report in December 2014 detailing the results and recommendations of an in-depth investigation carried out in 2013 on missing and murdered Aboriginal women in British Columbia. The report analyzes the situation of missing and murdered Aboriginal women as part of a broader pattern of violence and discrimination against Aboriginal women across Canada. While the Commission acknowledges the Canadian government’s efforts to discuss this situation, it also urges it to build on the IACHR’s investigation to diligently pursue unsolved cases and to improve the implementation of policies, services and overall initiatives addressing the issue. It suggests that it do so through better coordination throughout different levels of government and in constant consultation with Aboriginal women. Among its recommendations, the commission advices the government to launch a national action plan or nation-wide inquiry into the issue.
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