IACHR Releases Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in British Columbia

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has just released a report that investigates Canada’s response to missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia.

The IACHR report offers several recommendations including that the "[Canadian] State must provide a national coordinated response to address the social and economic factors that prevent indigenous women from enjoying their social, economic, cultural, civil and political rights, the violation of which constitutes a root cause of their exposure to higher risks of violence.”

The report goes on to conclude that the “disappearances and murders of indigenous women in Canada are part of a broader pattern of violence and discrimination against indigenous women in Canada. The fact that indigenous women in Canada experience institutional and structural inequalities resulting from entrenched historical discrimination and inequality is acknowledged by the Government of Canada and by civil society organizations. There is also agreement on certain root causes of the high levels of violence against indigenous women and the existing vulnerabilities that make indigenous women more susceptible to violence.”

The IACHR report has drawn much needed attention from the public and various media outlets. Policy Note, a progressive BC-based blog, published an article that emphasizes the significance of its findings.