The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Prof. James Anaya has criticized Canada for not doing enough to improve the lives of First Nation Canadians.
Prof. James Anaya toured Canada last October and his extensive report on his findings has been published. He recommended more funding for education, employment, health, and housing. He also called for an urgent investigation on the rising numbers of missing and murdered indigenous girls and women from the community.
While Canada has boots on the ground in Nigeria to help search for almost 200 missing school girls allegedly taken by the anti-Nigerian government group known as Boko Haram, it stands accused of not doing enough to address the 1,200 cases of aboriginal women and girls who have been murdered or gone missing in the past 30 years. Each passing year, the number of missing or murdered indigenous girls and women continues to climb in Canada, which has also been battling indigenous tribes over the controversial Keystone XL Project for over a year.
Canadian officials have yet to respond to the UN report.