Towards a national action plan
Together with provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners, we are working to respond to the issues identified by the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the Calls for Justice to develop a national action plan to end the systemic causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people.
About the national action plan
Guided by the principle "nothing about us, without us," the national action plan is being co-developed to address the unique needs, experiences and cultural contexts of Indigenous peoples and communities, from coast to coast to coast. It will be:
- a whole-of-Canada action plan with federal, provincial and territorial governments as partners with Indigenous governments and organizations
- regionally relevant
- reflective of the lived experience and expertise of family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people and survivors of gender-based violence
Federal departments and agencies are working to advance the federal response to the issues identified in the Calls for Justice. We are also working with Indigenous partners on a distinctions basis. Provincial and territorial governments are also working extensively with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in their regions to determine their priorities for contribution to the co-development of the national action plan.
Working together to end this ongoing national tragedy is essential. The Government of Canada is focused on getting this right, honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people and fostering the healing of families, survivors and First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.
The national action plan will build on proven and promising community-led initiatives identified across the country, as well as the Calls for Justice. It will address the major themes from the national inquiry:
- health and wellbeing
In conversations with our partners it has been suggested that the national action plan should also include a focus on the necessary reforms to child and family services, as well as rematriation and the empowerment of Indigenous women and girls.
Six additional cross-cutting themes have been identified through feedback from partners:
- rural and remote communities
- urban Indigenous peoples communities
- LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people
- men and boys
- data (identifying relevant indicators and metrics)
The plan will respond to this national tragedy in a way that is progressive, accountable and enduring. We will measure progress and adapt the plan based on results to ensure that we are keeping Indigenous women and girls safe and reducing the violence against Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people.
Our collaborative work
Engagement is ongoing with partners, including with Indigenous organizations addressing violence against Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people.
Through supporting Indigenous women's organizations, we are working with families and survivors to identify:
- their priorities
- programs that have proven or promising results
- gaps and ongoing challenges that will need to be addressed in a national action plan
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was the first national inquiry of its kind with investigative powers in every jurisdiction. It requires all jurisdictions to respond to the findings. Provinces and territories are undertaking their own reviews, engaging with Indigenous communities in their regions and municipalities and formulating their response to the Calls for Justice. Province and territories, Indigenous governments and all partners are evaluating and developing their initiatives related to ending violence against Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people and their contributions to a national action plan.
While COVID-19 has made it necessary to work in a different way with our provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners to co-develop national action plan, this work continues through virtual discussions to:
- share proven and promising practices
- identify gaps and challenges
- learn from one another while forging partnerships which will result in the transformative change to end this national tragedy
The national action plan must be informed by the voices of families and survivors and Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people. We have supported the following national and regional Indigenous organizations representing women, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people in their engagement activities with their members, including families and survivors, to identify priorities for the plan and mechanisms for co-development:
- 2 Spirits in Motion Foundation
- Assembly of First Nations' Women's Council
- Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
- Femmes Autochtones du Quebec
- Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women
- Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak
- National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence
- National Association of Friendship Centres
- Native Women's Association of Canada
- Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network
- Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
- Ontario Native Women's Association
- Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
The Government of Canada is hosting and co-hosting focused virtual discussions that include:
- Indigenous women and girls
- family members and survivors
- Indigenous governing bodies
- national Indigenous organizations
- Indigenous women's organizations
- provincial and territorial governments
- LGBTQ and Two-Spirit organizations
- subject-matter experts