In 2015, 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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