Parliament Video: Jenny in the House: "This is Canada's shame": we must acknowledge deliberate genocide against Indigenous peoples

On June 5, 2019, Jenny delivered a Statement about the concluding report of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, including the report's finding of fact that Canada committed a deliberate genocide against Indigenous peoples, and what we must do to show that we have actually heard the family members and survivors. If we have truly listened then we will follow the way forward that they have pointed to, acknowledge their expertise, and promptly implement each of the Inquiry's recommendations with full funding:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Mr. Speaker, Canada committed deliberate race, identity and gender-based genocide against indigenous peoples and we can see the impact of this in every sphere of life: the violence, the loss of life, the child apprehensions, the marginalization, the deliberate exclusion, the poverty, the homelessness rate, the lack of protection, the Indian Act, the sex-based discrimination, the racism and it goes on. This is Canada's shame.

If we are to show that we have actually heard family members and survivors, we must have an indigenous-led action plan, with a dedicated budget and a timeline for implementation, that is publicly accountable. We must address indigenous land titles and indigenous people's right to self-sufficiency and self-governance.

We have a duty to address this historic and intergenerational trauma, social and economic marginalization and the ongoing dismissal of their expertise. The calls for justice are not just recommendations, but are legal imperatives that must be implemented."

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