The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women confirmed on December 16, 2011 that it has initiated an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada under Article 8 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.(http://www2.ohchr.org/
After many years of work on this issue by so many Aboriginal women, family members, and allies, we are pleased that the United Nations Committee has decided to intervene. We hope that the Committee will be able to assist Canada to address the crisis of human rights violations against Aboriginal women and girls.
On 8 February 2012, FAFIA and NWAC wrote to Madame Pimentel, Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to request a visit to Canada to conduct the inquiry as soon as possible. The letter has been supported by numerous organizations and individuals.