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“All of a sudden it matters”: facing up to Canada’s 1,200 missing women

The number of dead or missing Indigenous women in Canada numbers in the thousands. Can a government inquiry help end the violence?

By Tamara Micner  

Starr Drynock points to a picture of her mother Deborah Evangeline Edwards at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Photo: PA

This Saturday, Canada officially celebrated its “150th birthday”—marking the date in 1867 when the British government ratified the British North America Act, creating the Dominion of Canada and legally entrenching the settler-colonial project that had started after European colonisers first arrived in the 15th century. 

The origins of this project are worth remembering. For, while the Canadian government spent $500 million on national celebrations, it…

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