In this page, the words Aboriginal and Indigenous are used interchangeable to reflect the language used by Amnesty International in their No More Stolen Sisters campaign.
Colonization and racism has led to Aboriginal women experiencing violence at a rate three to four times higher than other women in Canada. RCMP reports from 2014 show that Aboriginal women are four times more likely to be murdered than non-Aboriginal women and that over one thousand Indigenous women and girls were murdered between 1980 and 2012. Despite these haunting statistics, the federal government has yet to establish a national plan of action to prevent these high rates and severity of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls.
The Federation calls on the government to action in not only acknowledging our missing Aboriginal sisters, but also in ensuring that all cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women are fully investigated. The Federation supports the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee to hold a public inquiry into the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
The Federation is also committed to raising awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Students voted to endorse Amnesty International’s No More Stolen Sisters campaign and are encouraged to bring this work to their campuses. For more information, visit the No More Stolen Sisters page