Panel Presentation: The Systemic Roots of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

2019 Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) Conference

On June 4 2019, the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship (CSPSC) hosted a panel discussion at the CASWE National Conference focusing on the systemic discrimination and inequalities at the root of the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

This 4th Annual Panel on Poverty was presented in collaboration with Canada Without Poverty (CWP) and with support from CASWE’s Social Policy and Advocacy Committee.

In early June 2019, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report,  The findings of the National Inquiry made clear that the federal government has yet to implement adequate policies, laws and programs reflecting the human rights of Indigenous communities and individuals, and specifically addressing the marginalization of Indigenous women.

Panelists deliberated Canada’s domestic and international rights obligations to eliminate structural inequalities experienced by Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S people, as well possibilities for activism in reflecting on the Inquiry’s Calls for Justice.