June 10, 2014
The Honourable Peter MacKay
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
House of Commons
Canada K1A 0A6
RE: Implementation of existing recommendations needed to address violence against Indigenous women
Dear Minister MacKay,
The shocking rate of violence faced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and girls in Canada is nothing less than a national human rights crisis.
Responding to the growing demand for a National Public Inquiry into this crisis, you have repeatedly stated that Canada needs action, not more studies. To support this position you have distributed a list of 40 reports that previously examined the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls or related factors that put Indigenous women and girls at risk.
Minister MacKay, as an organization that wrote two of the reports on your list, Amnesty International strongly objects to our work being used as a justification for not calling a National Public Inquiry into violence against Indigenous women.