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June 3rd, 2021

NDP Critic responds to government’s action plan on MMIWG

Lindsay Mathyssen, the NDP’s Critic for Women and Gender Equality made the following statement:

Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in Canada have been waiting two years for the recommendations from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to be implemented. Generations of Indigenous women and girls waited decades for help from the Canadian government. Had the government taken the responsibility to act quickly, women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people would be on a more positive path, rather than one filled with systemic injustice.

Since the launch of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Final Report, Chantel Moore was killed by police officers, Joyce Echequan died while healthcare workers stood-by and hurled racist insults at her and Eisha Hudson, just 16, was fatally shot by Winnipeg Police, to name just a few.

It’s been two years since the MMIWG report was tabled, and today’s plan only outlines broad goals with little action attached. The plan includes annual progress reports which won’t start for another year. Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people will continue without justice while the Liberal government continues to drag their feet. The government needs to act now to deliver concrete timelines and changes.

The NDP is calling on the Liberal government to commit to a timely implementation of actions on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Report, and to make sure the initiatives led by First Nations, Metis and Inuit women, girls and 2SLGTBQQIA+ people are financially supported, as they seek justice.

New Democrats are committed to working with Indigenous communities to put an end to this genocide.