Parliament Video: Jenny in the House: Recommendations on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

On December 11, 2015, Jenny rose to say recommendations on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Mr. Speaker, the hon. member made mention in her speech of the importance of a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous people, the Inuit and Métis communities. In my community, we have the missing and murdered women coalition. The coalition has worked long and hard. It is comprised of family members, community advocates, and women's organizations. It has advocated for a national inquiry for a very long time. We finally now have an opportunity for that.

One of the things we must learn from this is not to make the same mistakes that the B.C. government made with the Oppal inquiry. Therefore, the missing and murdered aboriginal women coalition is asking for three things. First, it is asking that the government ensure that the mandate actually looks into the root causes of violence against indigenous women and girls. Second is that the family members and the organizations that have expertise and knowledge around the issue be funded, supported, and resourced, and given the opportunity to participate in the inquiry so that they are not shut out from that process. Third is to ensure that there is commitment and the resources to implement those recommendations coming out of the inquiry

I wonder if the parliamentary secretary could respond to those three points and make that commitment to the coalition and the family members."

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