Research on Human Rights Remedies to Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls
CURA researchers did significant work with the UN CEDAW Committee regarding its priority recommendations to Canada on the failure to address missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, as well as with governments and the House of Commons Committee on the Status of Women on follow-up to these recommendations. In 2008, the CEDAW committee noted that the Canadian government had failed to live up to its obligations, and reasserted this position again in 2010, stating: “The Committee considers that its recommendation (regarding missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls) has not been implemented and it requests the Canadian authorities to urgently provide further information on measures undertaken to address such concerns.”
CEDAW Inquiry Procedure
Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in British Columbia
Research also supported an intervention before the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in British Columbia. Researchers participated in meetings with international rapporteurs on the issue of exclusion of Aboriginal women’s organizations from participation in the Commission of Inquiry and have conducted research into international avenues for addressing the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
FAFIA and NWAC applied and were granted two thematic briefings in March 2012 and March 2013 on murders and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. As a result of these briefings, the Commission decided to send two Commissioners, Tracy Robinson and Dinah Shelton, to Canada in August 2013 for a visit to investigate and report on this human rights issue. The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) providedl thematic briefings in March 2012 and March 2013 to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rightson the disappearances and murders of Aboriginal women and girls in British Columbia, Canada.
Watch the video of the Briefing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (2012).
See Globe and Mail Story, "International human rights delegation to investigate treatment of First Nations"
University of Miami Human Rights Clinic, Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada
REPORT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in British Columbia, Canada OEA/Ser.L/V/II. Doc. 30/14 21 December 2014 Original: English.