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Canada finally acknowledges genocide against MMIW. What's next?

Photo by Obert Madondo
Maggie Cynwink holds a sign that says her sister, Sonya Nadine Mae Cynwink, is one of the 1,182 Indigenous women and girls who were murdered or went missing in Canada in the past few decades behind Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2017



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the damning findings of Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

In its report, the commission found that the killings and disappearances amount to genocide – and the Canadian government must take responsibility. Nearly 1,200 incidents were recorded between 1980 and 2012, though officials and indigenous activists say that number is likely much higher. The report outlines hundreds of recommendations for reform. What steps will Canada take to address this?


Beverly Jacobs, Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor Law school, and former elected President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada

Lorelei Williams, founder of the dance group Butterflies in Spirit, Women’s Coordinator at the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre, and volunteer for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Collation in Vancouver

James Favel, Executive Director of Bear Clan Patrol Inc., a volunteer neighborhood patrol

Web Resources:

CBC: Trudeau says deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls amount to 'genocide'

The New York Times: Canadian Inquiry Calls Killings of Indigenous Women Genocide

Al Jazeera: The Search: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.