Minister Miller convenes a national roundtable on missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people

OTTAWA, IN, January 10, 2023 /CNW/ – Today, the Honorable Marc Miller, Crown Minister for Indigenous Relations, convened a national roundtable with indigenous leaders and partners and federal, provincial and territorial governments on missing and murdered indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people.

The government of Canada is committed to accelerating its efforts to implement the National Action Plan, the Federal Path, and the Appeals for Justice. Ending this national crisis requires a government-to-government and inter-government approach. Canada. The national roundtable plays a critical role in facilitating collaboration at the local, regional and national levels to address ongoing violence against indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people. The collective knowledge and lived experiences shared today will help support implementation of the priorities still needed to achieve constructive and meaningful change, with the voices of indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people at the forefront of these efforts. .

Federal, provincial and territorial government ministers and representatives had the opportunity to highlight their recent actions to advance work to prevent and end violence against indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people. The ministers and government representatives pointed out the importance of:

  • understand the priorities of indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQI+ people, survivors and families;

  • continue to provide and develop customized programs and services that are sustainable and reliable, as well as support urban initiatives;

  • ensure that survivors, families, indigenous and grassroots organizations are included in discussions about violence against indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people; Y

  • ensure that federal, provincial and territorial departments and agencies work together to better coordinate efforts to address racism, discrimination and gender bias and racial violence, while recognizing and upholding indigenous rights.

Federal ministers and government representatives committed to seeking future opportunities to collaborate with indigenous leaders, provincial and territorial governments and other partners to work towards the implementation of identified key priorities to support indigenous women, girls, people 2SLGBTQI+, survivors, families and their communities.

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“The ongoing violence against indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people must stop, and that will require addressing the root causes of the violence and concerted attention from all of us. The national roundtable gave us an opportunity to focus our efforts meetings on the actions needed to urgently address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls All of us, the federal government, indigenous partners, provinces and territories must work better together, with the voices of families, survivors, women and indigenous girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people at the center of our efforts, we will continue working on concrete solutions, to end this crisis.”

The Honorable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Relations-Crown

“Ending the crisis of violence against indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people requires continued action and cooperation from all partners so that everyone is safe and can feel safe. It means investing in emergency shelters, safe spaces, shelter programs, mental well-being and the foundation of community well-being. Canadian Indian Services and the federal government are partners in this work, and we know that much remains to be done. This national roundtable is an important way to bring everyone together at the table, and move this critical work forward.

The Honorable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Indigenous Services

“Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people deserve a justice system that protects them. We continue our efforts to address systemic discrimination and the overrepresentation of indigenous peoples in the justice system, with the urgency that this work deserves Together with indigenous partners, provinces, and territories, I am confident that we can improve Canada justice system to ensure that the rights of Indigenous Peoples are respected, and that Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people are protected now and in the future.”

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The Honorable David Lametti
Ministry of Justice

“The high rates of violence against indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people are alarming. To have a real and meaningful impact, it is extremely important to understand how violence is amplified and address this tragedy at all levels of government, working together with indigenous partners, frontline workers, victims and survivors of gender-based violence, and their families. Today we reaffirm our commitment to end violence against 2SLGBTQI+ women, girls, and indigenous people and build safer communities for all.”

The Honorable Marci Ien
Minister for Women and Gender Equality

“Advancing indigenous-led approaches to public safety is a cornerstone of reconciliation. Through renewed relationships and respect-based consultation, we continue our work with communities across Turtle Island to seek and implement community-oriented policies and to protect those disproportionately affected.” by crime and violence, especially women and girls.

The Honorable Marco Mendicino
Minister of Public Security

“Understanding the role culture plays in the safety of indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people is critical. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to support and defend indigenous languages ​​and diverse forms of cultural knowledge and expression. We will stand together to combat indigenous anti-Racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia and hate online We will also work closely with indigenous partners to implement the National Action Plan and assess our efforts in terms of significant results and positive change for women, 2SLGBTQI+ indigenous girls and people It is only by building strong partnerships with indigenous families, survivors and advocates that we can begin to move closer to a Canada that it is safe for future generations.

The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez
Canadian Heritage Minister

“Each and every Canadian has a responsibility to speak out against indigenous racism and misogyny when we witness it. It will take each of us to stop violence against indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people. As a government, “We have a responsibility to continue our urgent work together, with partners, to break down the many systemic barriers that impede our progress. Today’s national roundtable provided a collaborative space for discussions on how to collectively move forward to address this senseless violence.”

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The Honorable Dan Vandal, PC, MP
Minister for Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for PrairiesCan and CanNor

Fast facts

  • Indigenous partners and leaders, including those of the National Circle of Families and Survivors, the 2SLGBTQQIA+ working group, National Indigenous Organizations, indigenous women’s organizations, and some regional organizations, participated in the national roundtable along with representatives of the federal governments , provincial and territorial.

  • The 2021 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ National Action Plan was developed in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous Peoples, survivors, families and indigenous women’s organizations in response to the National Inquiry into Indigenous Women and Disappeared and Murdered 2SLGBTQQIA+ People Girls.

  • The Federal Highway is Canada contribution to the National Action Plan. It is backed by historical investments of more than $2.2 billion in Budget 2021. Budget 2022 provides additional investments to address some of the root causes of this crisis, including racism, housing, education, mental wellness and health care, and economic development and jobs.

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