The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is committed to the prevention of violence against women.As frontline police officers, we know that Indigenous women are at greater risk of being victimized; because of this, the RCMP Commissioner called for more research on this issue.The RCMP's operational response is based on cultural awareness and sensitivity to the issues involved in policing Indigenous communities.

The Statistics Canada Homicide Report, 2014 found that Indigenous women are six times more likely to be the victim of a homicide than are non-Indigenous women.

Both the Overview and the subsequent Update made another fact clear: in most cases the perpetrators of these crimes were known to their victims.

Incredibly brave students held space at the University of Virginia and stared down a torch-lit mob that vastly outnumbered them on Friday night.

On Saturday, battalions of anti-fascist protesters came together on my city’s streets to thwart the tide of men carrying weapons, shields, and Trump flags and sporting MAGA hats and Hitler salutes and waving Nazi flags and the pro-slavery “stars and bars.” Out of my faith calling, I feel led to pursue disciplined, nonviolent direct action and witness.

These have been identified separately for clarity).

Finally, there are special initiatives such as shelters specifically for Indigenous women and children seeking refuge from violence, which are outlined under "Other Initiatives." While the RCMP is only one partner among many agencies that must work to improve this issue, we are cognizant of the key role we play in Canada's communities.

A collective focus on healthy familial relationships, particularly in vulnerable communities, is needed to mitigate violence towards Indigenous women.

We remain committed to not only resolving outstanding cases and providing justice for families, but striving to prevent future tragedies from occurring.

Seth Wispelwey of a United Church of Christ congregation in C’ville.

Thankfully, we had robust community defense standing up to white supremacist violence this past weekend.

Pretty much everyone I talk to agrees—including most clergy. There was a bit of debate at that time, about whether it’s OK to “punch a Nazi.” That debate is over. On the left, we don’t even have people hiding behind the claim that “we were all peaceful protestors,” or that “there were just a few bad apples.” At Berkeley, they tried to say that, but reports indicated that the Black Bloc was hiding among them, using them as cover, and the fact is that the “non radical” folks cheered them on. Now it’s, “Peaceful people from my church were trying to block the path of the Nazis.