Violence Against Aboriginal Women

‘A Human Rights Crisis’

by Janet Nicol

Connie Greyeyes travels to Ottawa every year, bringing public attention to the missing and murdered aboriginal women in the Peace region of northern British Columbia. And each year, when Greyeyes unfurls a banner on Parliament Hill, the list of victims’ names grows longer.

“This drew our attention,” says Jackie Hansen, an Amnesty International staff member. “We thought, ‘what’s going on?’”

Amnesty has long declared the high level of violence experienced by aboriginal women in Canada a “human rights crisis.” Last year, a national report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found 1,186 aboriginal women had gone missing or been murdered in the past 30 years.

In this article, I interview Connie Greyeyes and Jackie Hansen about this urgent issue.
Available in Peace magazine, July-September 2015 issue and will appear on line soon at

http://peacemagazine.org/archive/v31n3p06.htm

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