According to official estimates, almost 1,200 women and girls went missing or were killed between 1980 and 2012 [Kevin Frayer/AP file]
A public inquiry report leaked to Canada’s national broadcaster has called disappearances and murders of possibly thousands of indigenous women over recent decades a “Canadian genocide”.
The report, details of which were released by CBC on Friday, concluded that indigenous women and girls faced a disproportionately high level of violence through “state actions and actions rooted in colonialism and colonial ideologies”.
The 1,200-page final report is set for public release on Monday at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – who has made reconciliation with Canada’s 1.6 million indigenous peoples a government priority – and families of the victims.
According to official estimates, almost 1,200 indigenous