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Thousands of Canadian women have been murdered over the last four decades, and hundreds, if not thousands, more are missing. According to statistics compiled from non-profit organizations, the number of missing and murdered women is as high as 4,200.

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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:41 pm
Both Amnesty International and the United Nations have called upon the Harper government to take action on this issue, without success.
The cycle of violence will continue to claim more lives and irreparably harm all facets of Canadians families every month.
Addressing the issue of violence requires that the factors causing it are correctly identified, and that those individuals, process and policies responsible for maintaining the status quo - and the subsequent harms to Aboriginal women and girls are remedied. Recommendations and ACTION for change are needed to increase the safety of women and girls in all walks of life across Canada.

Mary T. (357)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:57 pm
Signed & noted - thank you Beverly...too many women have been killed in British Columbia, it needs to stop

Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:05 pm

Ottawa, ON. (July 26, 2013). The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) along with other Aboriginal leaders met on July 24, 2013 with Premiers at the Council of Federation meeting held at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in what is being described as a historical moment for all Canadians and in particular to the Aboriginal people of Canada, many of whom can count among their families, a missing or murdered Aboriginal woman or girl.

Leadership from the Provinces and Territories have thrown their support behind NWAC’s call for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. NWAC President Michèle Audette held firm and reinforced the need for concrete actions and a full and healthy discourse on the silent epidemic of violence that has paralysed the Aboriginal population of Canada. All five national Aboriginal organizations were present and included National Chief Shawn Atleo from the Assembly of First Nations, National Chief Betty Ann Lavallée of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Clément Chartier President of the Metis National Council, and Terry Audla President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, who together with NWAC President Michele Audette moved this agenda forward.

“Aboriginal women and girls continue to fall victim to the most extreme forms of violence – leading to their going missing or being found murdered, three or four, or five a month, it seems this number is increasing not decreasing. This is what the Harper government calls action? It was unacceptable yesterday, it is unacceptable today and tomorrow”, stated NWAC President Audette. “We need real action and that action can only start with a national public inquiry which has been ignored for too long, things needs to change. Now is the time for the Harper government to join the rest of Canada and support a national public inquiry into this issue”.

Ontario Premier Wynne has stated that “solid foundations have been laid”, and now with the Premiers attending the Council of Federation agreeing to collectively support a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, they are calling on Prime Minister Steven Harper to make this a reality. Two Premieres were absent from this historic meeting, however it has been reported that both Alberta Premiere Alison Redford and Newfoundland and Labrador Premiere Kathy Dunderdale have joined their counterparts and support the call for a national public inquiry.

The NWAC has been calling for a national public inquiry for several years and has been joined by thousands of organizations, grass-roots groups, communities, families and individuals across Canada. With recently announced International organizations en route to Canada in the upcoming months and a Federal election in just over two years, NWAC believes now is the right time to focus on addressing this human rights crisis in Canada.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) works to promote the well-being of Aboriginal women and girls, as well as their families, communities, and nations, through activism and advocacy. Incorporated in 1974 NWAC is one of the five National Aboriginal Organizations (NAOs) in Ottawa whose purpose is to represent and speak, at the national level, on behalf of Aboriginal women in Canada.


LMj Recovering Sunshine (144)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:55 pm
WT Heck??? TY!!!

Giana Peranio-Paz (407)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 10:23 pm
Thank you for signing the petition Your Petiton has been sent to ad. Thanks Beverly, I've seen programs on this problem on tv and it's terrible.

Stuart Thomas (503)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 10:25 pm
Noted, signed, and submitted.

Thank you, Beverly, for the posting.

Carrie B. (312)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 11:16 pm
Signed and noted.

Animae C. (521)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:22 am
Thank you for signing the petition

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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:30 am
Signed, of course.
"I support holding a National Inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
I also ask that you involve those most affected by this tragic issue - Aboriginal women - in the design, decision-making, process and implementation of this inquiry."
That last is a most important point.
"Paternalism" hasn't worked very well, has it?!

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:22 am
Your Petiton has been sent to admin.

Thank you so much Beverly and I will forward. I just sent a mailing last night, wish I'd had this beforehand but I will still do so.

Late last year, amid the the rallies, dances, blockades, and furious tweeting that accompanied the burgeoning Idle No More movement, a young native woman was kidnapped by two Caucasian men in Thunder Bay, Ontario. It was two days after Christmas. They drove her out to a remote wooded area where they raped and strangled her. According to one report, the men told her that they’d done this before, and intended to do it again. They allegedly said, “You Indians deserve to lose your treaty rights.”

The story was not widely reported in the press, maybe because the woman, publicly known as “Angela Smith,” is indigenous, or maybe because violence against indigenous women happens so frequently that it’s rarely considered news.

Which is what makes the very fact of Idle No More’s female leadership so significant. Across Canada, indigenous women are continuing a tradition of leadership that existed before colonization, and in spite of a political system which, over the last 150 years, has made every attempt to prevent them from having power.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:52 am

Mike M. (44)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:20 am

Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:30 am

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:43 am

Gloria picchetti (310)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:53 am

natasha salgado (717)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:01 am
You are not forgotten...Signed-thx Beverly

Fi T. (21)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:01 am
Why are the female again?

Ana F. (24)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:08 am

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:40 am
signed and noted thanks

Anna Undebeck (256)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:54 am
Signed, noted & Shared. Ty Beverly!

Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:01 am
Signed and noted.

Frances Darcy (225)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:18 am
This is a crying shame ... sadly noted

CherAWAY N. (1449)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:48 am

Thnx for posting this hun!!!


Cinzia Palamara (30)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:49 am
Signed. Thank you very much Beverly for sharing

Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Monday July 29, 2013, 9:07 am
Dandelion, as far as I'm concerned every time a woman is assaulted, raped, murdered it is news worth investigating and pushed hard enough to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Every woman counts just as every man and child. Great women throughout history have been overshadowed in their accomplishments by our patriarchal society and it's long past time that women be recognized for their amazing contributions to our world and women all over the world continue to be exploited and deemed unworthy to take their place shoulder to shoulder with our male leaders. I'm hoping the women warrior leaders of Idle No More, whom I respect immensely, not only bring that to light but also the continuing abuse of aboriginal and all women everywhere.

Herbert E. (10)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:19 am
Signed. Now I hope "Mr. admin" will read it, plus all your signatures.

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:34 am

I signed this or one very much like this a few days ago. It went through again -
Thank you for signing the petition

M B. (62)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:44 am
signed & noted, thanks.

Ben Oscarsito (264)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:00 am

Louise D. (43)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:04 am
A Canadian friend mentioned that the Native women were always treated badly in parts of Canada, there was a famous case called the Pump house girl, the police knew who had murdered her but it was not until sixteen years after her death, that any of them were convicted of the crime the most significant factors prolonging the case were racism, sexism and indifference. That happened over forty years ago but it still is an issue shows how little some attitudes have changed

Dawn Barler (5)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:26 am
Noted, signed, and shared

Robert O. (12)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:47 am
Thank you for signing the petition

Your Petiton has been sent to admin.

Thanks Beverly.

Jen S. (121)
Monday July 29, 2013, 12:29 pm
Your Petiton has been sent to admin.
One assault is entirely too many; 4200 transcends outrageous and Harper sounds altogether too much like a far right Republican from down here, one who despises women. That this has been allowed to continued and increase suggests that taking the investigation from the powers that be would be productiv.

Birgit W. (159)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:07 pm
Signed. It is sad that the Canadian government and police don't care about those poor women.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:17 pm

Petra M. (260)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:47 pm
Noted & signed

Twyla Sparks (208)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:47 pm
signed and noted

Hugo L. (255)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:46 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Beverly

Joe R. (190)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:32 pm
Thanks Beverly. Signed and noted.

Sharon Davidson (373)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:34 pm
this is horrible signed read and passed on thanks

Vivian B. (173)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:42 pm
This is so horrible!! They can hide a body anywhere up there! So disgusting! And I wanted to move to Canada. Guess not now!!

GGmaSheila D. (203)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:06 pm
Signed and noted with anger, sadness and a really bad feeling. Thank you Beverly and Dandelion for the good info. Feeling bad I haven't been keeping up with news enough - never heard this was Still going on there.

Evidently Natives are treated abominably in places other than America. Too bad all Natives everywhere couldn't band together. Can you imagine the power in that group?? Goosebumps just thinking about the possibility. Wishful thinking.

Dori C. (17)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:27 pm

Debra Tate (17)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:17 pm
Signed & noted

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:34 pm
Thank you. (s, n, p, t)

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:16 pm
Signed, sent & noted. Thanks, Beverly.

Vicky P. (476)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:37 pm
noted, signed, shared

Ludger W. (71)
Monday July 29, 2013, 9:30 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday July 29, 2013, 10:08 pm
Thank you for signing the petition

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Colleen L. (3)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:19 pm
Petition signed. Thanks Beverly

Inge Bjorkman (188)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:27 am
Absolute signed
Fight back all the world's women.


Sue Clayton (8)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:16 am
Noted, signed and shared...There's no way I could NOT sign this one. My Great Grandmother was STOLEN from this country in the late 1800's and taken to England with many others. They were taken to England and Europe to be trained into servitude and because this was all done illegally I have no way of tracing my family on my Mother's side. We're Native American/Canadian but I don't know where from. Some British records show my Gran being born in Canada whilst others say U.S.A????????????

Monica T. (278)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:50 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, Beverly...

Pamela W. (75)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:11 am
Noted and signed !! Thank you for signing the petition Your Petiton has been sent to admin.

Really shocked by this .......... how can this have been happening, in a supposedly civilized country, for so long and nothing has been done to stop it ???? Maybe NOW something will be done ??? Thanks Beverley.

Vivien Green (153)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:24 am
Signed and will share.
Thank you Beverly

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:53 am
So sad. Thank you for bringing all this to our attention. Hope it will help to bring justice and safety for aboriginal women in Canada.

Judy C. (102)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:32 am
Signed. Thanks Beverly.

Lona Goudswaard (90)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:16 am
S&N without hesitation.

Marija Mohoric (42)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:24 am
Shicking! s/n

Marija Mohoric (42)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:28 am
shocking /sorry for mistake/

. (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:50 am
petition signed

Kathleen R. (138)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:14 am
signed & noted

ER C. (65)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:36 pm

Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:16 pm
Signed, thanks.

Jason Flint (5)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:10 pm
signed and noted

Melania Padilla (197)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:03 pm
Thank you for signing the petition

Pami W. (233)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:48 pm
Signed and noted.

Stuart Thomas (503)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 8:28 pm
Thank you for signing the petition
Your Petition has been sent to admin.

Thank you for the posting, Beverly

Yvonne F. (180)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 9:22 am
So signed!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Beverly

BA R. (6)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 10:22 am


Emma S. (240)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 3:02 am
Done! Thanks, Beverly.
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