Statement from the MMIWG National Action Plan Core Working Group

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Work underway to develop MMIWG National Action Plan

GATINEAU, December 6, 2020 – "Families, survivors and Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (2SLGBTQQIA) people have waited a long time for action on the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It is important to note that extensive work is well underway and continues to address the Calls for Justice, including the report's reference to the impacts of 'acts of genocide against Indigenous women and girls and 2LGBTQQIA people' as well as the subsequent Métis-specific Calls for Change.

National Inquiry Call for Justice 1.1 recommends the federal, provincial, territorial and First Nations, Inuit and Métis governments work together to develop a National Action Plan in partnership with Indigenous peoples.

A National Family and Survivors Circle is working with the Core Working Group and 8 sub-working groups to co-develop a National Action Plan that will drive transformative change to end systemic racism and violence against First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples. The sub-working groups are inclusive of urban and 2SLGTBQQIA peoples. Each sub-working group is developing specific components of the National Action Plan. Consult a list of members of the Core Working Group.

We are honoured to advance this work. We will continue to work tirelessly with family and survivors, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and all levels of government to co-develop a National Action Plan that is regionally responsive, supports local community solutions and addresses root causes of violence against First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples.

Together, we will co-develop the overall structure of the National Action Plan to address the systemic inequalities that contribute to the disproportionately high levels of violence. This will include an accountability framework which is a critical component of this process to ensure that the Calls for Justice are implemented, and their outcomes are measured for effectiveness in creating transformative change.

We look forward to providing updates on how to be engaged in this process in the near future as we build the National Action Plan."

Meegwetch. Thank you

Gina Wilson
Deputy Minister, Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
and Senior Associate Deputy Minister
for Canadian Heritage
Government of Canada

Valerie Royle
Deputy Minister, Tourism and Culture
and Deputy Minister, Women's Directorate
Government of Yukon

Co-Chairs, National Action Plan Core Working Group

This statement is also available in Inuktitut and Michif upon request at: aadnc.ffada-mmiwg.aandc@canada.ca.

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