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Sunday 18 August 2019

Violence against indigenous women often ignored, Canadian PM says

He promised a national action plan to address it.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/AP)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the disappearances and deaths of indigenous women in Canada have too often been treated as a low priority or ignored and he says that must end.

Mr Trudeau was responding to an official inquiry report issued on Monday on a problem he called “shameful”.

He promised a national action plan to address it.

The inquiry commissioners listened to 2,380 family members and experts and delivered a report that called the homicides and disappearances a “genocide”.

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police report before the inquiry was formed found that indigenous women represent about 4.3% of the total female population, but 16% of all female homicide victims are from First Nations, as Canada’s indigenous people are called.

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