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Canadian government inquiry rules deaths of indigenous women a "genocide"

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Justin Trudeau speaks at the closing ceremony marking the conclusion of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Photo: Andrew Meade/AFP/Getty Images

A Canadian government inquiry into the deaths and disappearances of more than 1,000 indigenous women in recent decades has deemed the situation a "genocide," blaming long-standing "colonial and discriminatory policies" for the tragedy.

Driving the news: The inquiry, launched by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's administration in 2016, issued its final report Monday. The 1,200-page report details how the marginalization of indigenous women led to safety issues that subjected them to increased levels of violence, which had become normalized. The report also issued several calls to action to address the "crisis."

Trudeau to raise abortion restrictions issue with Pence

  US Vice President Mike Pence and talks with President of Canada Justin Trudeau in 2018.
Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo by Manuel Medir/Getty Images

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Wednesday he plans to raise the issue of abortion restrictions with Vice President Mike Pence when Pence visits Canada this week to discuss the new North American trade deal.

"Obviously I am very concerned with the situation around the backsliding of women's rights that we're seeing from conservative movements here in Canada, in the United States and around the world. I will have a broad conversation with the vice president in which, of course, that'll come up."

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