In late January, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake chiefs met with business leaders from BlackBerry, Forrest Green RMC, SAS Canada as well as Cree leaders, members of various Kahnawake organizations and a few more. Talks were focused on creating a database to prevent or help solve missing persons cases, relative to the Vulnerable Persons Initiative.
"First Nations communities across Canada struggle to solve cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women so one of the motivations for such a project is the ability for said communities to organize and take action, with some reliance on federal and provincial governments." - Peter Phillips, EasternDoor
The aim of the project is to utilize servers from Mohawk Internet Technologies as a database for information on community members, with subjects including mental health, education and criminal justice. BlackBerry was seen as being capable of providing the necessary security for such a sensitive database. The plan will enable community-run data collection and system management, emergency notification and crisis communications. It will also enable families to securely share sensitive records with law enforcement agencies and healthcare providers.
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It’s a quiet plague of violence that has raged in the margins of Canadian society for generations. Over the last three decades, Canada’s aboriginal women and girls have accounted for at least 16 percent of the country’s female murder victims, despite being just 4 percent of its total female population.
That’s according to statistics compiled by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As disturbing as those numbers are, critics say because of flawed estimations and incomplete data the actual number of victims is unknown.
Governments and police have not always been viewed as friends of Indigenous communities. The tragic history of residential schools and the Indian Act weigh heavy on the current relationship with the crown and law enforcement agencies. Fortunately, there are progressive leaders in all communities that wish to embrace respect, equality and self-sufficiency.
BlackBerry supports many nations across the globe. Under Section 91 (24) of the Constitution Act of 1867, Indigenous peoples are defined as First Nation, Metis Nation and Inuit. BlackBerry views the approximately 1.4 million individuals or 4% of the Canadian population that define themselves as Indigenous as one of Canada’s most dynamic, fastest-growing populations.
It is good business to align ourselves with Indigenous peoples. It is also the right thing to do to help stop violence against Indigenous women and children. BlackBerry has the technology and know-how to support economic development, enhance security and improve health and social service outcomes. They are interconnected.
The official murder rate of Indigenous peoples may be underreported, but just as alarming are the thousands of unsolved missing-person cases, as well as the number of suspicious deaths.
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