Canadian Inquiry Calls Deaths Of Indigenous Women 'Genocide'

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McGuire-Cyrette said referring to the experiences of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people as genocide is appropriate and representative of what Indigenous people have experienced throughout history.

The funding will help make sure women and girls around the world have access to the quality health services, including safe and legal abortion, and support women's right to make their own decisions about their bodies, Trudeau said.

Sophie Merasty recalled her sister Rose Merasty's murder and the need for an evaluation of the Gladue principles.

Genocide was recognized as a crime under worldwide law in the 1948 United Nations Convention on Genocide, which defined it as "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group".

Since its adoption, the United Nations treaty has faced criticism from groups who argue its conception of genocide is too restrictive.

In their report, the inquiry's commissioners argue that through its actions and omissions, Canada has been - and continues to be - complicit in a "genocide" against Indigenous women and girls.

Trudeau is not necessarily using the same vocabulary as the report.

"My hope would be that there is an immediate change of how the police handle Indigenous files on- or off-reserve so there's no delay in pursuing every possible option to find that missing or murdered loved one", Morrison said.

The massive report on Indigenous people in Canada says European colonists conducted a full-fledged genocide against the First Nations.

'Actions and inactions': "Genocide is the sum of the social practices, assumptions, and actions detailed within this report", says the report, which adds elsewhere that violence against Indigenous women occurs through "state actions and inactions rooted in colonialism and colonial ideologies".

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The genocide was made possible due to colonial structures and policies that were allowed to persists until today, it said.

What was Ottawa's reaction to the inquiry's characterization of "Canadian genocide"?

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during the ceremony in Quebec he was "humbled and grateful" to receive the report.

Hudson says now that the report has been released, they need to think positively about the future.

How about the reaction elsewhere?

But those figures could be a gross undercount, according to the commission, which concludes that "no one knows the exact number" because thousands of deaths and disappearances "have likely gone unrecorded".

P.E.I. Premier Dennis King said he's taking the report very seriously.

Vancouver is not above the fray - in the 1990s and 2000s, almost 50 women, many of whom were Indigenous, disappeared from the city's Downtown Eastside. "That is our commitment, that we will formally develop a national action plan and we will work with Indigenous leaders to do that". It's our truth. It's my truth, it's your truth.

She also makes a point to acknowledge potential criticisms.

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