#Gender Rights and Issues
House of Commons

Canada's history of Residential schools is one of our darkest chapters and treating Aboriginal women equal to everyone else is a crucial step in trying to make up for the horrific events that took place at these schools. At the moment when an Aboriginal woman goes missing police overlook the case and do not do everything in their power to find out what happened. This is an injustice to these women, showing that they are still not being treated equally.

Police make assumptions about women and tell their family that they are sorry but they can not do anything to help. For example, when Rhonda Running Bird went missing on a camping trip with her husband, her mother informed the police that her husband had a history of being aggressive. The police responded with “She must be in Edmonton getting drunk,” and did not take this important piece of information seriously. This is unacceptable.

Between 1980 and 2012 over 4,200 Aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered. Even though this has been going on for a number of years and the numbers are going up and nothing has been done yet.

We. the undersigned, call on the Canadain Government to put pressure on police to look further into a case when an Aboriginal woman has gone missing or been murdered. Not enough is being done and the signatures on this petition show that many people care about this issue and believe something should be done. This has been going on for too long and it needs to be dealt with.

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The Save Indigenous Women From Going Missing and Being Murdered petition to House of Commons was written by keira gelinas and is in the category Gender Rights and Issues at GoPetition.