Canada: Tell your Member of Parliament we want no more Stolen Sisters
Your Member of Parliament needs to know that constituents like you are calling for a comprehensive national response to the alarmingly high rates of violence against Indigenous women.
Phone or meet with your Member of Parliament (MP) during the week of October 14-17, when MPs are home for the Thanksgiving break week, to express concern about the scale of the violence and to call for a National Action Plan on violence against Indigenous women coupled with a National Public Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Who is your MP?
Find out here.
How do I contact my MP?
MPs have an office in Ottawa, Ontario and an office in their riding. Phone the office in their riding. Let the person who answers the phone know that you are a constituent and want to speak to your MP about a human rights issue. Arrange to meet either by phone or in person. MPs spend lots of time in Ottawa, but they are usually in their home riding when the House of Commons is not sitting. The House of Commons is not sitting from October 14-17, and MPs will likely be home for Thanksgiving. This makes it an ideal week to book a meeting!
When you make your call to book a meeting be pleasant but persistent—your MP is there to represent you and should make time to meet with you.
How to Prepare:
- Know your subject: Read up before your meeting. A good place to start is Amnesty's Frequently Asked Questions document, along with our Stolen Sisters and No More Stolen Sisters reports. Additional information is available on our webpage.
- Have a local angle: Even though violence against Indigenous women is a national issue, it helps to have a local angle, to help your MP sees how violence impacts the people they represent. Refer to local cases and news coverage. Invite local partner organizations to participate in the meeting.
- This is your one chance to meet with your MP so don't be afraid to mention multiple issues! Use the meeting to also talk about our Open for Justice campaign.
- Be punctual, polite and courteous: Don’t be nervous—MPs are people too!
What to Say:
- Start the meeting on a good note. Commend your MP on something positive that they have done recently and thank them for making time to meet with you.
- Introduce your topic. Let your MP know about the scale of violence against Indigenous women in Canada. Tell them why you care about this issue and why they should care too. Let your MP know that other people you have spoken to share the same concerns.
- Have one concrete “ask” of your MP. It’s important for your MP to leave the meeting clear on what you are asking them to do. Ask your MP to support the call for a National Action Plan on violence against Indigenous women coupled with a National Public Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
- Always thank your MP for their time and invite them to future human rights events. Leave a handout (a print out of our Frequently Asked Questions document is useful) that summarizes your discussion and includes your contact details.
- Remember to provide feedback to Amnesty's national office on what happened at the meeting––we’d like to hear what was discussed during your meeting and the outcome. Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.