Canada: National Inquiry report requires urgent, comprehensive action
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report on June 3, 2019. The 1,200 page report included 231 Calls for Justice to end the staggering levels of violence experienced by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women, girls, and two-spirit persons in Canada.
While the federal government accepted the report’s finding of genocide and committed to developing a National Action Plan to prevent and address the violence, there is no clarity about how this commitment will be turned into concrete, meaningful action.
The urgency is clear. The National Inquiry links widespread violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit persons to a history of government programs and policies intended to destroy Indigenous cultures--and the ongoing failure to properly address the legacy of those harms. The UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has said that the failure to provide a comprehensive, coordinated response to this violence is a grave human rights violation. More half-hearted and piecemeal responses do address the violence will not do. Faimilies and commities who have lost loved ones to this violence deserve to know that Canada is commited to real change.
Amnesty International and other organizations called on Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett to provide a comprehensive response to the Inquiry’s final report before Parliament rose in June. This did not happen.
Call on Minister Bennett to respond to take urgent, comprehensive action to end the violence without delay.
Please send an email or letter to Minister Bennett:
- Start with ‘Dear Minister Bennett’ and a sentence about yourself to make your message unique.
- Express concern about the levels of violence experienced by Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people in Canada, and fear that the Inquiry’s final report will be yet another study allowed to gather dust on the shelves of government.
- Call on Minister Bennett to ensure government addresses the scale and severity of the violence experienced by Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people without delay.
- Specifically, call on Minister Bennett to:
- Provide an official and comprehensive government response to the Inquiry’s final report without delay;
- Publicly announce a timeline and process to create a National Action Plan to prevent and address the violence; and
- Ensure that implementation of the Inquiry’s findings includes full and proper engagement with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women, girls, and two-spirit persons.
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
10 rue Wellington
Gatineau, QC K1A 0H4