The news: “Justice 4 Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women.”
So read a hand-painted sign displayed by roughly 20 demonstrators on Wednesday in rural Ontario, Canada. The group lit a campfire and blocked Canada’s VIA Railway near the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve, halting trains between Toronto and Montreal.
“Today is a national day of action,” a protester named Karahkwinetha told the CBC. “Today is about raising awareness and gaining support for the issue of murdered and missing indigenous women. It’s a national issue and we choose to take part in unity with other nations.”
This demonstration comes after the Canadian parliament released a report examining Canada’s epidemic of Aboriginal women who’ve been killed or gone missing. According to the BBC, the report did not recommend a full public inquiry into the issue, angering many First Nations activists.