“National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girl Final Report (MMIWG)” states:
- Indigenous women and girls are 2.7 times more likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous women.
- ]Homicide rates for Indigenous women were nearly seven times higher than for non- Indigenous women.
- One quarter of all female homicide victims in Canada in 2015 were Indigenous, up from nine per cent in 1980. (CBC June 6, 2017)
- Over the last ten years, the number of Aboriginal women inmates doubled (2005-2015). At the end of March 2018, 40.0% of incarcerated women were of Aboriginal ancestry. (Auditor-General Report 2018).
A permanent commitment to ending the genocide requires addressing the four pathways explored within this report, namely:
- historical, multigenerational, and intergenerational trauma;
- social and economic marginalization;
- maintaining the status quo and institutional lack of will; andignoring the agency and expertise of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people.
- Indigenous women make up less than 5% of the population in Canada
It must be understood that these recommendations, which we frame as “Calls for Justice,” are legal imperatives – they are not optional. The Calls for Justice arise from international and domestic human and Indigenous rights laws, including the Charter ̧ the Constitution, and the Honour of the Crown. As such, Canada has a legal obligation to fully implement these Calls for Justice and to ensure Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people live in dignity. We demand a world within which First Nations, Inuit, and Métis families can raise their children with the same safety, security, and human rights that non-Indigenous families do, along with full respect for the Indigenous and human rights of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis families.