According to reports by the Native Womenâ€™s Association of Canada
(NWAC), there are roughly 600 known cases of missing and murdered Indigenous
women in Canada, many of them unsolved.*
Loretta Saunders, an Inuit woman from Labrador whose family reported her
missing on 13 February 2014, is one of the latest. The RCMP discovered her body along a New Brunswick highway
on 26 February. That Saunders was
in the middle of finishing her PhD in Halifaxâ€” on Canadaâ€™s missing and murdered
Indigenous womenâ€”makes her death particularly harrowing, yet each of these
womenâ€™s deaths is reprehensible.
CPT attended the ninth Annual Strawberry Ceremony honoring
missing and murdered Indigenous women on 14 February, when over 200 people
gathered at the downtown Toronto police headquarters for a rally and march. Many individuals in the crowd held up
signs bearing names, dates, and occasionally photos. Several dozen people carried black silhouette-style signs
cut in the shape of women's profiles, with names in white lettering on one
side, and datesâ€”usually preceded with the word â€śmurderedâ€ťâ€”on the other.