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To:      The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs;

           The Honourable Patty A. Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women;

           The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice; and

           <Miss/Ms./Mrs./Mr. Your MPs Last Name>, MP

Dear Ministers and <Miss/Ms./Mrs./Mr. Your MPs Last Name>:

I am writing to urge you to expand the scope of the upcoming inquiry to include men and boys.

According to Statistics Canada data, approximately 2,500 aboriginal people were murdered in Canada between 1982 and 2011. Of these 2,500 murdered aboriginal Canadians, fully 71 per cent – 1,750 – were male, and 745 were female (and one was “of unknown gender”). There is no reason not to believe that this ratio also applies to missing aboriginal people.

While there may be particular issues related specifically to missing and murdered women and girls, this in no way lessons the importance of investigating why there are so many missing and murdered men and boys.

At 8 out of the 12 pre-inquiry meetings that had been recorded at this time, participants stated that men and boys should be included in the inquiry:

  • Ottawa, Dec 11, 2015: “The Inquiry should involve: … a review of violence against men and boys”
  • Thunder Bay, Jan 5-6: 2016 “Issues tied to violence against men were raised as deserving attention”
  • Whitehorse, Jan 10-11: “Participants also identified which groups should have a chance to take part in the inquiry: … men and boys”
  • Vancouver, Jan 12-13, 2016: “the inquiry should consider violence against “two-spirited,” transgender, gay and lesbian communities, and the men and boys who are are also missing” (sic)
  • Prince George, Jan 14-15, 2016: “Acknowledge missing men and boys.”
  • Halifax, Jan 19-20, 2016: “boys, men, gay/lesbian, trans-sexual and transgendered people should also be included”
  • Montreal, Jan 21-22, 2016: “inquiry must include and hear from men”
  • Iqaluit, Jan 28-29, 2016: “Survivors, families and loved ones indicated that an inquiry should include participation from: … men and boys”

Please keep your promise to design an inquiry to honor all the victims and help their families heal; include men and boys in the inquiry.

 

Sincerely,

<Your Name>

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