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Missing and murdered indigenous women and girls inquiry

​​​​​​​Nurses support the call for an inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

BCNU President Gayle Duteil stated in her letter to the Prime Minister​, “BCNU has a deep commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of our members and our communities. We recognize that indigenous communities, in particular, continue to experience serious structural impediments to addressing their health needs. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights observes that “Indigenous women and girls constitute one of the most disadvantaged groups in Canada…[with an] increased vulnerability to violence”. The consequence of this is a devastating everyday reality that results in Indigenous women and girls being murdered or going missing at a rate four times higher than the Canadian population.  The British Columbia Nurses’ Union calls upon the government of Canada to initiate a coordinated strategy designed to systematically address the structural factors that have resulted in these unprecedented levels of violence.”  BCNU members are encouraged to take action on this issue. 

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Updated: 3/17/2015 4:21 PM

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