A woman or girl was killed every 2.5 days on average in Canada last year, according to an inaugural report on femicide that argues the issue must be better understood in order to reduce the number of slayings. Read the rest of this entry
Woman or girl slain every 2.5 days in Canada in 2018, new report finds
The report found that 148 women and girls were killed in 133 incidents in 2018
Indigenous youth set up protest camp outside Toronto’s Old City Hall
Soaring Eagles Camp aims to raise awareness about injustices faced by Indigenous people across Canada
By Rhiannon Johnson, CBC News, March 6, 2018
Following the Justice for Tina Fontaine rally this past Sunday in Toronto, a youth-led occupation has set up camp outside Old City Hall in downtown Toronto.
The group set up three tents Sunday on the southwest portion of the grounds of the building that currently functions as a provincial courthouse. Read the rest of this entry
Raymond Cormier found not guilty in death of Tina Fontaine
The Crown had argued that Cormier convicted himself with his own admissions on secret police recordings. But the defence said numerous forensic holes in the prosecution’s case had left reasonable doubt.
WINNIPEG—A not-guilty verdict Thursday for a man who had been accused of killing a 15-year-old First Nations girl he met on the streets prompted immediate reaction from Indigenous leaders who criticized the safety nets that were supposed to keep her safe. Read the rest of this entry
Response plan for missing Indigenous women and girls being developed in Fort St. John, B.C.
Plan comes after to Amnesty International report documenting problems in northeast B.C.
By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Nov 15, 2017
The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is developing a plan aimed at improving community response when Indigenous women and girls go missing in northeast B.C.
The plan is a direct response to a 2016 Amnesty International report documenting the risks Indigenous women and girls face in northeast B.C., and Fort St. John in particular. Read the rest of this entry
Families walk B.C. Highway of Tears to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women
by Laura Kane, Associated Press, September 20, 2017
When Gladys Radek walks the Highway of Tears, she says she can feel the spirits of women who are missing or have been murdered walking beside her.
Dozens have vanished or been killed along the notorious stretch of Highway 16 in central British Columbia. On Thursday, Radek will honour the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of her niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman, by walking the route once again. Read the rest of this entry
Mural: No More Stolen Sisters
Isha Jules in Enderby, BC, at the mural painted to raise awareness that there are 3 missing women in the area since last year. The three women went missing within a month & a half of each other. Caitlin Potts, Ashley Simpson and Deanna Wertz all missing for 12-16 months now. All from within Splatsin First Nation and Secwepmeculu.
One-quarter of all female homicide victims in Canada in 2015 were Indigenous
Indigenous women also continue to be over-represented in justice system, says Statistics Canada report
CBC News, June 6, 2017
The homicide rate for Indigenous females between 2001 and 2015 was nearly six times higher than that for non-Indigenous females, according to a new study by Statistics Canada. Read the rest of this entry
MMIW inquiry opens with story of Mary Johns, a mother and residential school survivor
APTN National News, May 30, 2017
The long-awaited start to the murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls national inquiry began with the story of Mary Johns who was murdered by a serial killer and buried in a potter’s field years before the family ever discovered her fate. Read the rest of this entry
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father calls missing and murdered inquiry a ‘bloody farce’
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‘should fire these people,’ says hereditary B.C. chief
By Catharine Tunney, CBC News, May 24, 2017
Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief and the father of federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, says the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is a “bloody farce” and the commissioners leading it need to be replaced. Read the rest of this entry
Frustrated families vow to ‘blockade’ missing and murdered inquiry hearings
Father of murdered woman says inquiry is at a ‘crisis’ point
By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, May 23, 2017
Some family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are vowing to blockade meetings of the national inquiry to protest what they call a disastrous start.
“We are prepared to take blockades against this inquiry, if it goes through our communities we will be there, it doesn’t matter where,” John Fox told reporters Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry