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Domestic trafficking an issue for aboriginal women and girls, says Canadian author

Bridget Perrier.

Bridget Perrier, a victim of human trafficking and founder of Sex Trade 101.

‘Society doesn’t care about missing and murdered indigenous women,’ says Anupriya Sethi

CBC News, March 12, 2015

An expert on domestic sex trafficking of aboriginal girls in Canada says a national-level strategy is needed on the issue.

Anupriya Sethi delivered the morning keynote at a one-day public forum organized by the Winnipeg Sexually Exploited Youth Community Coalition on Thursday.

In 2007, Sethi published the first research study on the topic of domestic sex trafficking of aboriginal girls in Canada, documenting what makes indigenous women and girls more vulnerable to being trafficked. Read the rest of this entry

Canada: Thousands Take Part in Annual Women’s Memorial March

An estimated 1,200 people participated in the 25th annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver, BC.

An estimated 1,200 people participated in the 25th annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, BC, on Feb 14, 2015.  Photo: Vancouver Sun.

by Warrior Publications, Feb 14, 2015

Several thousand people participated in the annual Women’s Memorial March for missing and murdered women across the country on Feb 14, 2015.  The largest turnout was in Vancouver, BC, where over 1,200 took part in that city’s 25th annual march.  Over the past decade, numerous other towns and cities across the country have also begun organizing annual memorial marches.  According to official estimates, there have been over 1,000 Indigenous women murdered since 1980.  Below are some media reports on this year’s mobilization.

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#Shutdown Canada Causes Minor Economic Disruption

Vancouver, BC, blockade of Port of Vancouver.  Photo by Murray Bush, Flux Photos, via Vancouver Media Coop.

Vancouver, BC, blockade of Port of Vancouver. Photo by Murray Bush, Flux Photos, via Vancouver Media Coop.

by Warrior Publications, Feb 13, 2015

#Shutdown Canada actions have taken place in some 23 cities and towns across the country with the intention of causing economic disruption.  The action was called by grassroots Natives and organized primarily through social media to highlight the cases of over 1,100 missing and murdered Indigenous women.  Read the rest of this entry

Inuit woman suing cop who left her locked in back of police truck with man who ended up raping her

DSC01378.JPGby Graeme Hamilton, National Post, Jan 29, 2015

There was plenty of drinking in Tasiujaq that weekend in 2011, just as there was whenever a shipment of alcohol arrived in the isolated village in Quebec’s far north.

The lone police officer on duty on the night of Sept. 19 had her hands full. Fresh out of police school, she had been on the job less than a month and was not even authorized to carry a sidearm.

But as she apprehended a 17-year-old girl who had become heavily intoxicated, Const. Danielle Gallant made a decision that would come back to haunt her. Read the rest of this entry

Fort Chip community honours Amber Tuccaro’s life

Amber Tuccaro was last seen on August 18, 2010 in Nisku, just outside of Edmonton. Her murder remains unsolved. (Vivian Tuccaro)

Amber Tuccaro was last seen on August 18, 2010 in Nisku, just outside of Edmonton. Her murder remains unsolved. (Vivian Tuccaro)

Mother hopes memorial round dance raises awareness in unsolved murder of First Nations woman

By Tiar Wilson, CBC News Jan 17, 2015

Making people laugh. It was what Amber Alyssa Tuccaro was known for.

“You could just tell it was right from the heart,” said her mother Vivian Tuccaro who can’t help but chuckle at the memory. “And she would just hit her leg. It was real. It got others laughing too.”

It’s these kind of stories that will be shared at the second annual Amber Alyssa Tuccaro Memorial Round Dance, taking place Saturday in the community of Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta. Read the rest of this entry

Murdered and missing aboriginal women deserve inquiry, rights group says

Rally for missing/murdered Indigenous women.  CBC.

Rally for missing/murdered Indigenous women. CBC.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has been studying issue in B.C. for 2 years

CBC News, Jan 12, 2015

A new report into missing and murdered indigenous women in B.C. is breathing new life into an acrimonious debate between advocates of a public inquiry and the Canadian government, which says it is taking action to address the problem but refuses to call an inquiry.

The report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which is affiliated with the Organization of American States, said it “strongly supports the creation of a national-level action plan or a nationwide inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.” Read the rest of this entry

Rinelle Harper Calls For National Inquiry At AFN Meeting

Rinelle Harper speaking at the AFN annual convention in Winnipeg, Dec 2014.

Rinelle Harper speaking at the AFN annual convention in Winnipeg, Dec 2014.

Huffington Post, Dec 9, 2014

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba teenager who was viciously assaulted and left for dead by the side of a river has added her voice to the call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

“I am Rinelle Harper and I am from the Garden Hill First Nation,” the 16-year-old said tentatively as she stood in front of the Assembly of First Nations on Tuesday. “I am here to talk about an end to violence against young (aboriginal) women.”

The assembly was honouring her with a drumming ceremony at the start of a three-day meeting in Winnipeg. Read the rest of this entry

Three men charged in connection with Highway 6 closure

Six Nations blockade mmiw 1by Daniel Nolan, Hamilton Spectator, Nov 6, 2014

CALEDONIA Three men have been charged in connection with a demonstration on Highway 6 last month to pressure the federal government to call an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The demonstration at Highway 6 and the Fourth Line in the hamlet of Willow Grove led to the closure of the highway for 36 hours on the weekend of Oct. 4 and 5.

It’s the first time in memory that Ontario Provincial Police have charged anyone in connection with the closure of Highway 6, which was also shut down at the height of the 2006 land claims dispute at Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia. It was closed in 2008 to support natives in a standoff with police in Eastern Ontario and in 2013 to support natives in a standoff with police in New Brunswick. Read the rest of this entry

Half of Inuit women report being sexually abused as children: Report

Inuit women 1APTN National News/The Canadian Press, Oct 24, 2014
Nunavut’s “cradle-to-prison” justice system must be reformed to reflect the high number of people in the territory who have been victims of physical and sexual violence, an Inuit land-claim group said Thursday.

“There are few safety nets in place to catch people who are experiencing adversity,” said a report from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

“Nunavut’s criminal justice system is often the first stop in a cradle-to-prison pipeline in which people struggling with trauma, mental health disorders or prenatal alcohol exposure are most vulnerable to incarceration.”

The report released during the group’s annual meeting in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, is the latest in a series of papers required by the Nunavut land claim on the state of Inuit culture and society. The 2013-2014 report focuses on the territory’s criminal justice system. Read the rest of this entry

Six Nations blockade Highway 6 for Missing, Murdered Women

Six Nations blockade mmiw 1Highway 6 closed by protest over missing, murdered women

The Canadian Press/CBC News,Oct 04, 2014

Protesters calling for action on missing and murdered aboriginal women have closed stretches of two highways in Ontario.

Provincial police say demonstrators have blocked part of Highway 6 between Caledonia and Hagersville and at the Skyway Bridge on Highway 49 connecting Tyendinaga Territory and Prince Edward County.

The protests come on what’s billed as a national day of vigil for missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. Read the rest of this entry