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Inquiry: It's 'Canadian Genocide'

A long-awaited report is leaked in Canada
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2019 4:30 PM CDT
Images of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Violence has haunted Indigenous girls and women in Canada for decades. Now a national inquiry there is calling it genocide, the CBC reports. The four-member commission, which took nearly three years and cost about $68 million, looked into thousands of murders and vanishings across the Indigenous landscape. "We do know that thousands of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) have been lost to the Canadian genocide to date," per the leaked report. Its authors admit there's room to debate genocide, but say "the fact that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples are still here and that the population is growing should not discount the charge of genocide." For more, including how genocides "evolve":

  • 'Actions and inactions': "Genocide is the sum of the social practices, assumptions, and actions detailed within this report," says the report, which adds elsewhere that violence against Indigenous women occurs through "state actions and inactions rooted in colonialism and colonial ideologies."

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