ENDING VIOLENCE IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE
The findings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls mean that governments can no longer downplay or dismiss the scale and severity of the violence experienced by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women, girls, and two-spirit persons in Canada.
“Many Indigenous people have grown up normalized to violence, while Canadian society shows an appalling apathy to addressing the issue.” – National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
The normalization of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people will not end unless governments comprehensively address this human rights emergency. The Inquiry’s 231 Calls for Justice must be a catalyst for all levels of government in Canada to commit to a systematic, coordinated, and well-resourced national action plan to prevent and address the violence.
Ensuring that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women, girls, and two-spirit people can live in safety and dignity, free from violence and discrimination is a human rights issue, not a partisan political issue.
The upcoming federal election in October is an opportunity for all federal political parties to make concrete commitments to end the violence.