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Pam Palmater was in Ottawa on Feb. 24 to give a talk entitled "The Law's Role in Canada's National Disgrace: Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls" at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law. In this interview she answers why this problem of MMIWG exists, provides an analysis of the current public discourse, and talks about what's important in the urgent call for a national inquiry.
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Women's Memorial Day March in Vancouver. This event exists to commemorate the lives of women who have gone missing or were murdered in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES). In recent years the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women has begun to gain more attention from the Canadian public, international community and authorities. Yet the problem persists.
More needs to be done by the government to address the ongoing crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in B.C. and the rest of Canada, according to a report released by a human rights group earlier this week.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have been studying the issue since 2012 when the organization held a hearing on "The Situation of Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada" at the request of the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) and other feminist groups.