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Stolen sisters: a Human Rights Response to Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada

Publisher: Amnesty International
Publication Date: Oct 2004
What role does discrimination play in acts of violence against indigenous women in Canada? This report by Amnesty International presents nine case studies of discrimination and violence against indigenous women and girls in Canadian cities, focusing on women who have been murdered or gone missing over the last three decades. It examines the factors which have contributed to a heightened risk of violence against indigenous women, including their social and economic marginalisation which has pushed a disproportionate number of indigenous women into potentially dangerous situations that include extreme poverty, homelessness and sex work. The following recommendations for action are based on suggestions made by the families of missing women, frontline organisations working for indigenous women's welfare and safety, and official government inquiries and commissions. Canadian officials should:
?Provide adequate, sustained funding to culturally appropriate services, such as shelters and counselling for indigenous women and girls
?Increase recruitment of indigenous police officers, particularly indigenous women, and ensure adequate training for all police, prosecutors and judges on issues of violence against indigenous women
?Take measures to ensure mandatory and meaningful consultation with indigenous women in the formulation and implementation of all policies affecting their welfare.