BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee Statement on the Anniversary of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Final Report

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(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – June 4, 2020) – June 3rd marked the anniversary of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Final Report and 231 Calls for Justice. The 231 Calls for Justice are legal imperatives that demand committed action by governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians in order to end the genocide against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals.

As called for in the 231 Calls for Justice, we urgently require a National Action Plan to move this work forward. The current pandemic has exacerbated violence, but we know that violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals is deeply rooted in generations of colonialism, racism, sexism, and heterosexism.

“The Government of Canada’s failure to prioritize transformative action to address this ongoing crisis is deeply disappointing. The current pandemic is not a defensible excuse for delaying the release of the National Action Plan without any timeframe on the horizon. This work must be done right and with the urgency required,” stated Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

“Canada must fundamentally change its approach to addressing the Calls for Justice so that the development of the National Action Plan is led by Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals, and ensures survivors and family members are central to this work. We call for transparency in how the National Action Plan is being developed, and for greater accountability. We must honour the truths that were shared by survivors, family members, loved ones, and advocates; and remember those who are missing and have been murdered. Many survivors have expressed hope. Grassroots advocates and organizations have dedicated themselves to doing what they can to implement the Calls for Justice, and are doing this in partnership with survivors, families, and Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals. With a true commitment to partnership and to dismantling the power structures of colonialism, Canada must also join in this work.”

For further information, contact: Annette Schroeter, Communications Officer, annette.schroeter@bcafn.ca or (250)962-1603.

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