Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
UFCW Canada affirms that Aboriginal women face violence at disproportionate rates in the country. We stand in solidarity with community action enforcing the development of a national inquiry into missing and murdered women. Domestic violence is a predominantly gendered issue affecting women in society. Systemic discrimination against Aboriginal peoples since the time of colonialism increases the levels of oppression faced by Aboriginal Peoples in society. The past Conservative government’s failure to perform a National Inquiry despite being presented with the 2015 findings from the UN CEDAW and IACHR Reports (which found in the Canadian government discriminates against Aboriginal women) perpetuate systemic neglect in the cases of missing and murdered indigenous women.
UFCW Canada participates in the following yearly events in honour of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women:
The February 14th Memorial is held on Valentine’s Day to honour the women who have been murdered or gone missing in Canada. It is organized by the February 14th Memorial March Committee which led the first march more than 25 years ago in Vancouver (B.C.)’s downtown eastside, in honour of the women who lost their lives in this area due to their experience with multiple forms of violence (mental,physical and spiritual). Marches are organized annually by community groups across the country.
The October 4th Sisters in Spirit Vigil is held on an annual basis on or around this date, to honour indigenous women in Canada who have lost their lives due to violence, and to support their family members and to advocate for legislative reform for indigenous women and girls. It is co-ordinated by the Native Women’s Association of Canada and involves vigils across Canada on October 4th.