A 2014 report by the RCMP, titled "Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview", found that more than 1,000 Indigenous women were murdered over a span of 30 years.
May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls.
According to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, between the years 1980 and 2012, Indigenous women and girls represented 16% of all female homicides in Canada, while constituting only 4% of the female population in Canada.
Service agencies estimate that of the trafficked or exploited women and girls they served, 51 per cent of trafficked women were Indigenous.
Indigenous women and girls are not the only ones being targeted. Aboriginal men account for approximately 71 per cent of indigenous homicide victims in Canada.
The MMIWG Inquiry calls for participation from all Canadians. That includes speaking out against violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, and acknowledging and celebrating Indigenous peoples' history, cultures, pride, and diversity.
Wear Red on May 5 to support the National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.