A Critical Examination of Canadas Obligations Under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Governments Actions and Omissions in Relation to the Investigation of the Hundreds of Missing Aboriginal Women
Matthew P Ponsford*
LLM (Master of Laws), McGill University, Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Matthew P Ponsford
LLM (Master of Laws) Candidate
McGill University, Canada
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: December 31, 2015; Accepted Date: January 20, 2016; Published Date: January 27, 2016
Citation:Ponsford MP (2016) A Critical Examination of Canada’s Obligations Under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Government’s Actions and Omissions in Relation to the Investigation of the Hundreds of Missing Aboriginal Women. J Civil Legal Sci 5:170. doi:10.4172/2169-0170.1000170
Copyright: © 2016 Ponsford MP. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Standing on Canada’s Parliament Hill, meters from the historic Centennial Flame, Canadians witnessed another year of commemoration, representing the many missing and murdered Aboriginal women across Canada. Stories of loss and hope, grief and frustration, filled with song and dance and spoken word, left many standing in a mesmerizing stare; they were moved by powerful words, but remained speechless. The event was one of the annual Sisters in Spirit Vigils to honor lost sisters, wives, daughters, and aunts, among friends, families, activists, and supporters, who have fought in their communities for so long. Families and leaders have lobbied governments for decades, facing the reality of the Canadian government’s inaction and omissions relating to the investigation of hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Families and leaders are faced with the dissatisfactory inaction that has persisted too long at the cost of so many. And despite countless setbacks and hardships endured, Aboriginal voices and allies calling for action remain strong.