Government of Canada appoints special ministerial representative and indigenous-led organization to address calls for justice

OTTAWA, IN, January 10, 2023 /CNW/ – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Canadian Affairs

Today the Honorable Marc Miller, Crown Minister for Indigenous Relations, announced the appointment of jennifer moore rattray as Special Ministerial Representative who will provide advice and recommendations, through engagement with families, survivors, partners, and organizations, in support of Call for Justice 1.7 to create an Indigenous and Human Rights Ombudsman.

jennifer moore rattray is a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation in saskatchewan and currently holds the title of Director of Operations in the Southern Chiefs Organization. She is the former executive director of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which delivered a final report and 231 Calls for Justice to the Prime Minister and Prime Ministers in June 2019, and a former deputy deputy minister of the province of Manitoba.

Additionally, the Honorable Marc Miller announced that Innovation 7, an indigenous organization, has been selected to develop recommendations for an oversight mechanism to improve accountability and progress in ending violence against indigenous women, girls and women. 2SLGBTQI+ people. This represents a tangible step in responding to calls from families and survivors for greater monitoring and accountability, the National Inquiry Call for Justice 1.10, as well as one of the short-term priorities of the National Action Plan.

Today’s announcements reaffirm the Government of Canada commitment to meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and accelerate efforts to end this national crisis and make a difference in the lives of families, survivors and communities.

The government of Canada continues to work in partnership with indigenous survivors, families, leaders and partners, as well as provinces and territories, to implement the National Action Plan and the federal road to make the necessary transformative change and ensure that communities around Canada they are safer.

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Quotes

“I am honored to have been appointed Ministerial Special Representative to undertake this important work and ensure that the voices of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people are heard, recognized and reflected in the priorities and recommendations undertaken as a result of this initiative.”

jennifer moore rattrayMinisterial Special Representative

“Accountability is an important element in ending violence against indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people. As Ministerial Special Representative, jennifer moore rattray will play a key role in engaging Indigenous Peoples, families and survivors, and Indigenous women’s organizations and 2SLGBTQI+ to provide meaningful recommendations that will accelerate our progress in implementing the Calls for Justice. His appointment and subsequent results also represent an important step forward to make a difference in the lives of survivors, families and communities, to end this national crisis.”

The Honorable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Relations-Crown

Fast facts

  • The Federal Highway is Canada contribution to the wider National Action Plan for Missing and Murdered 2SLGBTQQIA+ Indigenous Women, Girls and People 2021 developed in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, indigenous peoples, survivors, families and indigenous women’s organizations in response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

  • Call to Justice 1.7 of the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls calls on the federal, provincial and territorial governments, in alliance with the Indigenous Peoples, to establish a National Ombudsman for Indigenous and Human Rights, with authority in all jurisdictions, and to establish a National Tribunal for Indigenous and Human Rights. Call for Justice 1.7 states that the ombudsman and the court must be independent from governments and have the authority to receive complaints from indigenous people and indigenous communities regarding violations of indigenous and human rights, and to conduct comprehensive assessments. and independent of government services for First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis Peoples and communities to determine compliance with indigenous and human rights laws. Call for Justice 1.7 also states that the ombudsman and the court must have sufficient resources to carry out their mandates and must be permanent.

  • Calls for Justice 1.10 of the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls calls for the federal government to create an independent mechanism to report on the implementation of the National Inquiry Calls for Justice to Parliament, annually.

  • jennifer moore rattray is an executive with 25 years of experience in sectors including nonprofits, government, post-secondary education, and media and communications. He has a joint Master of Public Administration with distinction from the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba.

  • The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Crisis Line is available to provide emotional support and crisis referral services to individuals affected by the issue of Missing and Murdered 2SLGBTQQIA+ Indigenous Women, Girls and Girls. Call the toll-free crisis line at 1-844-413-6649. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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