Ken Neumann Statement on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls

For the ninth year in a row, family members and concerned citizens will gather on Saturday, Oct. 4, in locations across Canada to honour the growing number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Vigils will take place on Parliament Hill, in many communities across Canada and internationally.

These gatherings serve to raise awareness and provide support to families who have lost a loved one. Steelworker families and local unions have been touched by these losses. Even without this personal connection, our union strives to build a country where all citizens, regardless of race and gender, can lead safe, fulfilling lives.

Join a vigil in your community. Pause in a moment of silence to remember missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Act within your local union and community to compel the federal government to respond, including by signing the petition in the Resources section below.

I will be asking all USW staff in our Canadian National Office to join in a minute of silence on Friday, Oct. 3 (because this year's memorial date falls on a weekend).

RCMP investigations show that we have lost close to 1,200 Aboriginal women and girls since 1980. As trade unionists we know that an injury to one is an injury to all. Let our actions give comfort to those who are suffering and change the conditions that allow these losses to continue.

In solidarity,

Ken Neumann
National Director







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