To the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau:
I welcome your government’s commitment to conduct a national
inquiry into the shocking levels of violence facing Indigenous women and girls
It is important that we learn from the experience of past
inquiries and government commissions, that the voices of affected families and
communities be heard, and that effective action be taken—both during the
inquiry process and to implement the inquiry’s findings.
We encourage your government to enact a comprehensive
National Action Plan to end violence against women and girls. Both the inquiry
and action plan must be adequately resourced to ensure they can truly address
the diverse forms of violence and discrimination against Indigenous women and
girls and get at the root causes of this violence.