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A Difficult Must-Read: Reclaiming Power and Place

By Michael Tamblyn • June 21, 2019Must Reads

The final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is now available as an eBook.

As a company, Kobo believes that books are where a nation has its most important conversations, where significant ideas, defining stories and new views of history are explored in depth. Books can be the gateway to understanding, and sometimes also a path to healing.

Reports aren’t often given must-read status, and governments are rarely authors of provocative works. But we draw your attention to one that is all of the above. Few national conversations are as important as the one we need to have about Indigenous communities, Canada’s actions in the past, and what its actions must be in the future.

To spark that conversation across the country we are making available, as a free eBook, Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

The Canadian government launched the Inquiry in 2016, a result of continuous calls for justice from Indigenous families, communities, and organizations across the country. The final report—split into two volumes—details “the truths of more than 2,380 family members, survivors of violence, experts and Knowledge Keepers shared over two years of cross-country public hearings and evidence gathering” and “it delivers 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians.”

The report exposes “hard truths about the devastating impacts of colonization, racism and sexism—aspects of Canadian society that many Canadians are reluctant to accept.”

At Kobo, we believe that the report is a milestone text of Canada’s past and future, a hard look at issues that have been under-reported and under-investigated. Our hope is that by producing an eBook edition of the report and making it freely available and accessible on any device, we can encourage the deeply needed conversation and action called for in this report.

Download each of the three installments below.

Reclaiming Power and Place: Volume 1a by National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The staggeringly high rates of murder and violent acts against Indigenous women has long been one of the darkest marks on Canada's history. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was formed to investigate this violence and to offer hope and a clear path to resolution. This is the first of three installments.

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Reclaiming Power and Place: Volume 1b by National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was formed to investigate high rates of violent acts against Indigenous women. This is installment 2/3.

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Reclaiming Power and Place: Volume 2 by National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was formed to investigate high rates of violent acts against Indigenous women. This is installment 3/3.

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