For over 30 years, families, survivors and community members and allies of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Vancouver East have marched in the February 14th Women’s Memorial March, calling for justice. Since the 1970s, thousands of Indigenous women have gone missing or were murdered. To this day, hundreds of cases involving Indigenous women and girls remain unresolved. The National Inquiry into MMIWG’s final report called this atrocity a genocide.

To end the genocide of Indigenous women and girls, the government must fully implement all 231 calls for justice from the National Inquiry with an Indigenous women led national action plan that outline timelines, responsibilities, milestones, indicators, resources and indigenous leadership for each and every call for justice, as well as regional and sector-specific reports and recommendations.

In addition, the government must continue to listen and give full support to Indigenous women-led initiatives grassroots, including direct funding for families still in search of their loved ones.

The National Inquiry into MMIWG is a significant initiative the government has undertaken. I applaud this important move and have high hopes and dreams that this inquiry will bring justice so many have sought for so long. The inquiry must also move beyond studying systemic causes of violence—it must address them, too.

MEDIA RELEASE - Liberals’ fail to protect Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people

WINNIPEG — NDP Critic for the Status of Women, Leah Gazan (Winnipeg Centre) is asking why the Liberal government didn’t allocate new funding in last week’s budget to implement the 231 Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Since the inquiry released its findings in 2019, the Liberals have yet to release a national action plan with targets, timelines and funding to address this ongoing genocide, and their inaction is costing Indigenous women their lives.
“Rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls have dramatically increased during the pandemic, and the Liberal government keeps stalling on implementing all Calls for Justice,” said Gazan. “Last week’s budget was yet another opportunity for the Liberals to show that they are truly committed to a plan backed by real funding to implement the Calls for Justice, but again they’re failing to do what’s necessary. They chose to give billions to big oil companies while leaving out much needed investments to make life safer for Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people. This is unacceptable.”

MEDIA RELEASE - NDP statement on Papal apology to First Nations, Métis and Inuit delegation

Canada's New Democrats are glad to see Pope Francis issue this apology to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit delegates.
Today's apology comes from years of advocacy from Indigenous people and is a necessary step for the Catholic Church to make on its reconciliation journey.
We are hopeful that the Church will continue on this journey and that Pope Francis’ visit to Canada will continue this work. His apology to all First Nations, Métis and Inuit while visiting with Survivors in Canada will be important.
In addition to issuing a formal apology to survivors, their families, and communities, the Pope should work with survivors and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to ensure all documents related to Indian Residential Schools in possession by the Catholic Church are released. Pope Francis should also use the powers of the Church to ensure that the perpetrators of abuse, including Johannes Rivoire, are held accountable for the crimes they are alleged to have committed.

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