We call on all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal people, to create adequately funded and accessible Aboriginal-specific victim programs and services with appropriate evaluation mechanisms.
Why “In Progress?”
On May 29, 2020 the federal government announced $85 million in federal funding for the construction and operation of 12 new shelters for First Nation’s women and girls, followed on Jan. 26, 2021 with a commitment to fund the construction and operations of shelters for Inuit women and children across Inuit Nunangat as well as in urban centres.
The only other new programs mentioned on the official federal government website were announced to support the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls both of which expire on March 31, 2020:
- Family Information Liaison Units established in each province and territory to provide direct assistance to families of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman and Girls to access available information about their loved ones from multiple government sources. This service builds on the existing victim service frameworks in each region.
- In 2016, additional funding for Indigenous community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations and victim services was also provided to support the delivery of culturally-responsive and trauma-informed services for families of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls.
The Federal Government refers to the Justice Canada Federal Victims Strategy which is a program designed “to increase access to justice for victims and survivors of crime and give them a more effective voice in the criminal justice system”.
Provinces and Territories are also designing and implementing Indigenous-specific programs.
Aboriginal Specific Victim Programs and Services
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Indigenous Justice Program
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