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.

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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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

The Government of Canada is hosting and co-hosting focused virtual discussions that include:

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