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Video: 27th Annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, Feb 14, 2017

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Video posted to Facebook by Kelly-Patrick Moore, Feb 16, 2017.  Click below to watch the video… Read the rest of this entry

‘Warning!’: Regina activists label indigenous Halloween costumes as dangerous materials

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Warning label attached to Native Halloween costume. Photo: Colonialism No More.

Labels warning shoppers to “avoid contact” with a number of revealing Halloween costumes depicting indigenous women were on display at Regina’s Spirit Halloween location.

On Sunday, members of the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) entered Spirit Halloween and added two-sided labels to costumes named “Reservation Royalty” and “Wolf Dancer”, among others. Read the rest of this entry

Police act like idiots during training session on missing, murdered Indigenous women

cops-simpsons-1‘What do we do when we’re sending women in to do training on race relations and they feel violated?’

By Jody Porter, CBC News, September 13, 2016

Police officers in Thunder Bay, Ont., are being accused of verbally assaulting a facilitator who was delivering cross-cultural training on Indigenous issues, but a city official says it was all a misunderstanding. Read the rest of this entry

Ottawa launches long-awaited inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women

Protesters accuse Manitoba government of stalling MMIW inquiry

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Warrior flag flies outside Manitoba Legislative Building, July 2016.

Role police, CFS play in MMIW cases must be examined in national inquiry, protesters say

CBC News,  July 26, 2016

About half a dozen tents were set up outside the Manitoba Legislative Building by protesters who say the province is keeping a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women from getting underway.

Last week, Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government said it is moving forward with an order in council in support of the inquiry, but officials are still in negotiations with the federal government over the terms of reference. Read the rest of this entry

Government not doing enough to share details of MMIW inquiry, family members say

mmiw photos‘It’s all rumoured on Facebook and social media,’ says sister of homicide victim

CBC News July 21, 2016

The federal government needs to do a better job of communicating details about a long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, says Mag Cywink, whose sister Sonya Cywink was slain in London, Ont. in 1994.

In June, the government signaled that an announcement about the inquiry was coming soon — that didn’t happen. Families then expected details of the inquiry to be released in early July, but weeks later there has still been no official announcement.

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‘No foul play’ found in deaths of dozens of Indigenous women, but questions remain

Missing Women justice posterCBC investigation finds suspicious circumstances in deaths ruled accidental or suicidal

By Holly Moore, Martha Troian, CBC News June 28, 2016

In dozens of cases where police say there is no evidence of foul play, the families of missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women maintain their loved ones may have been victims of homicide, a CBC News investigation has found.

Despite official rulings of suicide or accidental death, CBC News has found evidence in some cases of unexplained injuries, suspicious circumstances, failure to interview key witnesses and persons of interest who have never been convicted. Read the rest of this entry

Military’s counter-intelligence unit considered Valentine’s Day MMIW vigils source of potential ‘extremism’

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, February 19, 2016
The Canadian military’s counter-intelligence unit considered the yearly Valentine’s Day vigils for murdered and missing Indigenous women as a potential source for “extremism” and “civil unrest,” according to a document released to APTN National News. Read the rest of this entry

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