Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry
BC Nurses’ Union Welcomes Final Report into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
BCNU stands with all those who have been so deeply impacted by the findings outlined in the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).
The report, which was released on Monday June 3, 2019, is a comprehensive investigation of the many forms of violence experienced by Inuit, Métis and First Nations women and girls, including 2SLGBTQQIA* people.
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In 2015, Nurses Supported the Call for an Inquiry into Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
In 2015, BCNU’s then-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.”