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On World Water Day, Marginalized Populations Still Lack Access to Basic Hygiene Measures

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Summary When the head teacher found out that I was pregnant, he called me to his office and told me, “You have to leave our school immediately because you are pregnant.” —Jamida K., Kahama, Tanzania, April 2014 We don’t allow pregnant girls to continue…
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First Nations Leadership is Key to Addressing Polluted Drinking Water

Canada has unveiled a new approach to fixing the drinking water crisis faced by indigenous First Nations peoples.
 Carolyn Bennett, minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), reaffirmed the 2016 budget commitment to $1.8 billion over…
Canada's Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, February 24, 2016.
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Investigation Supports Human Rights Watch’s Research Findings Without Addressing Systemic Problems

A long-awaited report into policing in northern British Columbia confirms many of the critical shortcomings raised by rights groups in the past, but falls short of adequately addressing issues affecting Indigenous communities, and Indigenous women and…
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Will Justin Trudeau Fulfill his Promises to First Nations Women?

One year ago, Justin Trudeau took office as Canada’s 23rd prime minister and promptly fulfilled a major campaign promise by appointing a diverse and gender balanced cabinet that “looks like Canada.” When a reporter asked why appointing women was a…
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“She likes to take a bath, but [the water] irritates her skin,” Susan said of her active two-year-old daughter. When the little girl was 18 months old, Susan started to notice rashes all over her daughter’s legs. “I thought it was something from the grass…
Roxanne Moonias, mother to an infant with a chronic illness, demonstrates one of the steps she takes to ensure her baby is not exposed to contaminants in the water.
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Around the World, Indigenous Peoples Suffer Violence, Discrimination, and Exclusion

The rights of indigenous peoples around the world are more often breached than observed – something we should remember today, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
 According to the United Nations, the world has an estimated 370…
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Inquiry Should Examine Police Misconduct, Accountability Gaps

Yesterday the Canadian government unveiled highly anticipated plans for a national public inquiry into the murders and disappearances of indigenous women and girls across Canada. Over two years and with a budget of $53.86-million (US $41.13-million), five…
Canada's Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett (L), Status of Women Minister Patricia Hajdu (2nd L) and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould look on as Algonquin leader Claudette Commanda (R) says a prayer at the start of a news conference
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Upcoming Inquiry Needs to Probe All Allegations, Including Involvement of Police

The Canadian government is on the verge of launching a historic national public inquiry into the murders and disappearances of hundreds of indigenous women and girls. What remains to be seen is how much scope and power the inquiry will be given to delve…
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Canada has abundant water, yet water in many indigenous communities in Ontario is not safe to drink, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. The water on which many of Canada’s First Nations communities on lands known as reserves depend, is…
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Regulation, Investment, and Oversight Needed to Fix Broken System

(Toronto) – Canada has abundant water, yet water in many indigenous communities in Ontario is not safe to drink, Human Rights Watch said in a new report today. The water on which many First Nations communities in Canada, on lands known as reserves, depend…
Roxanne Moonias, mother to an infant with a chronic illness, demonstrates one of the steps she takes to ensure her baby is not exposed to contaminants in the water.
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Government Should Reverse Stance at Home, Abroad

(Toronto) – The government of Stephen Harper, in power in Canada until October 2015, failed the grade on a number of human rights issues in domestic and foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. The current government, led by…
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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson made a refreshingly open admission while addressing an Assembly of First Nations meeting last week. Responding to a charge from Grand Chief Doug Kelly of the Sto:lo Tribal Council in British Columbia…
Highway 16, sometimes referred to as “the Highway of Tears” in recognition of the women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered in its vicinity, in northern British Columbia. July 2012.