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October 4: Honouring the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women

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On October 4, every year, communities come together from across Canada to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. 

"We gather to honour our lost sisters and their families. We gather to show we are a united front," notes the Sisters In Spirit Candle Light Vigil website.

For more information on the Candle Light Vigil and to find a vigil near you this Saturday, please visit the website.

We have gathered a selection of pieces that discuss the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and its roots in colonialism and white male violence, and discuss the best strategy for dealing with this epidemic of violence against women.

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| October 2, 2014

Human trafficking research reveals Canada's role in violence against Aboriginal women

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Canada's response to the safety concerns of Indigenous women and girls has garnered significant attention in recent months. Alongside high-profile debates about Canadian sex work laws and the experiences of Aboriginal women and girls in sex industries, significant attention has focused on Canada's response, or lack of response, to the nearly 1,200 murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls.

Similarly, recent discussions of human trafficking have foregrounded the vulnerability of Indigenous girls and women. In 2012, both an RCMP report and the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking specifically label Aboriginal women and girls as having heightened risk of becoming victims of human trafficking.

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September 22, 2014 |
While continuing to dismiss widespread calls for a national inquiry for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Harper government announced a $25 million "action plan."
September 19, 2014 |
The NWAC has challenged the premiers and territorial leaders to develop strategies to deal with violence towards Aboriginal women.

#ImNotNext: Indigenous women use social media to demand change

Photo: Sar_rain twitter

"I'm Not Next."

A chorus of resistance is rising on social media this week, as Indigenous girls and women take a stand against furthering their portrayal as victims by posting pictures of themselves with the hashtag #ImNotNext.

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| September 12, 2014
September 12, 2014 |
OPSEU joins NUPGE and the CLC in calls for an immediate national public inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
| September 10, 2014
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