On March 28 in Washington, D.C., the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). They called upon the Government of Canada to initiate a national inquiry into the disappearances and murders of Aboriginal women and girls in Canada and to ensure the full participation of Aboriginal women and Aboriginal organizations within national and provincial inquiries.
Download a video of the hearing [WMV format]
They also invited the IACHR commissioners to visit Canada to investigate the issue.
This event was the first opportunity to discuss the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls with commissioners in the Inter-American system, and drew international attention to the issue.
CUPE is proud to have provided financial support to FAFIA to support their representatives who attended this critical event. We recognize that this is important work being done by NWAC and FAFIA to hold our governments to account on this issue.