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Woman or girl slain every 2.5 days in Canada in 2018, new report finds

Missing Murdered women train blockade

CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

The report found that 148 women and girls were killed in 133 incidents in 2018

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Number of missing, murdered indigenous women as high as 4,000, minister suggests

Missing Women justice posterRCMP concluded 1,017 indigenous women were killed between 1980-2012, and another 164 were missing

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, Feb 16, 2016

Canada’s minister for the status of women suggests the number of missing and murdered indigenous women could be as high as 4,000.

Patty Hajdu told reporters Tuesday that the government doesn’t have an exact number, but pointed to research from the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) that puts it at 4,000, much higher than the 1,200 figure the RCMP has previously stated. Read the rest of this entry

Indigenous families call police investigations inadequate as MMIW pre-inquiry talks wrap

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26th Annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, Feb 14, 2016. Photo: Global News.

Carolyn Bennett says formal inquiry into missing and murdered women will be launched by summer

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, Feb 15, 2016

The federal ministers charged with launching a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women say that the families of victims are deeply concerned about inadequate policing in their communities. Read the rest of this entry

‘A killer walks amongst us’: TIB chief warns women to be careful

Shirley Paul (right), mother of Samantha Paul, is consoled by her sister Joyce Paul, during a press conference at the Tk’emlups Indian Band offices on Monday, Aug. 11.

Shirley Paul (right), mother of Samantha Paul, is consoled by her sister Joyce Paul, during a press conference at the Tk’emlups Indian Band offices on Monday, Aug. 11.

Local First Nations leaders are urging vigilance and asking for help after a skull found south of Barnhartvale in June was determined last week to be that of missing native women Samantha Paul.

“We call upon the public and urge people to come forward and speak up if they know anything about the disappearance of Samantha,” Tk’emlups Indian Band Chief Shane Gottfriedson said at a press conference on Monday, Aug. 11. Read the rest of this entry

Activist Communique: Indigenous Rights Activists blockade railway in Toronto

CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

by Krystalline Kraus, Rabble.ca, March 14, 2014

In the middle of a snowstorm on Wednesday March 12, 2014, Indigenous Rights activists took over a Canadian Pacific (CP) railway line for over three hours – in solidarity with the Mohawks of Tyendinaga who also held a blockade to demand an authentic inquiry into the number of murdered and missing Indigenous women in Canada. Read the rest of this entry

Toronto: trains blocked for missing and murdered women

CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

March 12, 2014

A total of five trains were blocked for up to 3 hours in Toronto today in solidarity with the Tyendinaga Mohawks train blockade on the weekend.  Both actions were taken to demand a federal inquiry into the cases of missing and murdered women in Canada, predominantly Native. Read the rest of this entry

3 Mohawks could be charged after Ontario rail blockade

Tyendinaga Mohawk blockade signVia Rail trains between Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal delayed by First Nations protest

CBC/The Canadian Press, Mar 08, 2014

Police have taken four people into custody after Mohawk protesters calling for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women occupied CN Rail tracks east of Belleville, Ont. Read the rest of this entry

Tyendinaga Mohawks to ramp up blockade over missing/murdered women inquiry

Ontario Provincial Police at Tyendinaga blockade, March 2014.  Photo by Dawn Barger.

Ontario Provincial Police at Tyendinaga blockade, March 2014. Photo by Dawn Barger.

Kenneth Jackson, APTN National News, March 7, 2014
The Mohawk protesters who have been holding a blockade near Tyendinaga since Sunday are now vowing to increase the intensity in the coming days after the federal government failed to call a national inquiry Friday into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Read the rest of this entry

Vancouver: 23rd Annual Women’s Memorial March

23rd Annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver, Feb 14, 2014.

23rd Annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, Feb 14, 2014.

Several hundred people gathered at Vancouver’s Main and Hastings intersection for the 23rd annual Women’s Memorial March.  The march originated in Vancouver’s Eastside in response to the growing list of missing and murdered women, primarily Indigenous and poor. Read the rest of this entry

Missing women inquiry concludes bias against victims led to police failures

by Petti Fong, Toronto Star, Monday, December 17, 2012

Women's Memorial March, Vancouver, Feb 14, 2008

Women’s Memorial March, Vancouver, Feb 14, 2008

VANCOUVER—Systemic bias within the RCMP and Vancouver police led to “blatant failures” in investigating the disappearance of dozens of women from the Downtown Eastside who became victims of serial killer Robert Pickton, an inquiry found Monday. Read the rest of this entry