Call to Action # 41

We call upon the federal government, in consultation with Aboriginal organizations, to appoint a public inquiry into the causes of, and remedies for, the disproportionate victimization of Aboriginal women and girls. The inquiry’s mandate would include:

  1. Investigation into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
  2. Links to the intergenerational legacy of residential schools

Why “STALLED”?

Entitled Reclaiming Power and Place, the National Inquiry’s two-volume final report released on June 3, 2019 calls for transformative legal and social changes to resolve the crisis that has devastated Indigenous communities across the country. It delivers 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians in addition to the recommendations and calls for immediate action included in the Interim Report.

June 3, 2021 – The federal government’s MMIWG Action Plan is widely panned by a majority of Indigenous women’s advocacy groups for its lack of substantive details, timelines or budget: Ontario Native Women’s Association (not invited to participate), Québec Native Women, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, Feminist Alliance for International Action, BC Union of Indian Chiefs and Marion Bullard, former lead Commissioner of the MMIWG Inquiry  ALL find the government’s Action Plan too general and deficient in details.

June 3, 2021 – The AFN and the AFN Women’s Council released “Breathing Life inro the Calls for Justice: An Action Plan to End Violence Against First Nations Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People” with recommendations in four priority areas:

  • Justice: address barriers and inequalities in Canada’s justice system
  • Human security: ensure equitable access to basic needs, including shelter, food, and education
  • Health and wellness: provide services and programs that are culturally appropriate and trauma informed
  • Culture as safety: make cultural identity a priority in all preventative, supportive, and healing activities

Other Action Plans:

  • The Native Women’s Association of Canada: “Our Calls, Our Actions…The plan includes 65 costed actions to address the MMIWG Inquiry’s 231 Calls for Justice estimated to cost $30M annually.
  • The Ontario Native Women’s Association released “Reconciliation with Indigenous Women: Changing the Story of MMIWG (2020)” highlighting 13 key recommendations covering 28 systems to help guide the development of the National Action Plan.

Other Legislation

Aug. 15, 2019 – Removal of the 1951 cut-off takes effect. “Bill S-3 An Act to Amend the Indian Act” received Royal assent in Dec. 12, 2017 ending 143 years of gender-based discrimination in the Indian Act.

Current Status

April 4, 2022

Stalled

Previous Status

February 14, 2022

Stalled

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Actions and Commitments


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Indigenous Responses to MMIWG Final Report

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Government Commitments to Preventing Violence Against Indigenous Women

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ONWA: Reconciliation with Indig. Women

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The Path Forward: Reclaiming Power and Place

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AFN Breathing Life into Calls for Justice Action Plan

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Reclaiming Power and Place. MMIWG Final Report

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MMIWG Interim Report and Govt. Response

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Background Content


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Bill S-3 An Act to Amend the Indian Act

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Ceremony and Transitions: Culture-Based Approaches

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Joining the Circle: Effective Police Collaboration

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MMIWG: Summary of Findings for Urban Indig. People

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MMIWG Inquiry: Background

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