The disinterest of the Canadian government in the large number of missing indigenous women in British Columbia has been the subject of numerous protests. It will be again at the upcoming Olympics in Vancouver. Indigenous groups will raise that and many other issues in a variety of ways at the Games. Canada's refusal to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be chief amongst the charges leveled at Ottawa.
Earlier this week The B.C. CEDAW Group, a coalition of women's and human rights organizations, released a report on the state of human rights among the province's most vulnerable women. The title says it all - Nothing to Report.The report is an assessment of the B.C. government's response to two urgent recommendations made to Canada in 2008 by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (UN CEDAW).
GOAL TO PRESSURE OTTAWA TO SIGN UN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DECLARATION
BY JUDITH LAVOIE, TIMES COLONIST