(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – February 14, 2020) – The BC Assembly of First Nations stands in solidarity with those gathered for the Women’s Memorial March today on the unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories, and with all those who have lost family, friends, and community members to violence. It is important to remember their lives and acknowledge the grief and heartbreak of losing a loved one. These individuals are loved, valued, and deeply missed.
“I am committed in my role as Regional Chief to helping to bring justice to victims and families and ending violence. The ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people is a direct result of systematic racism, sexism, colonialism, and poverty,” stated Regional Chief Terry Teegee. He added, “The National Inquiry into MMIWG acknowledged that this national crisis is genocide. Our society will only be made right when women, girls, trans and two-spirit individuals are able to reclaim their place in their communities and mainstream society without fear of violence. Upholding women, girls, trans and two-spirit people is founded in the values of our unique First Nations cultures and laws that have been disrupted by colonial systems.”
The BCAFN calls on all levels of government, police and RCMP, industry, organizations, and community members to take action on ending violence against women, girls, trans and two-spirit people. This means dedicating time and resources to considering and implementing the 231 Calls for Justice made by the National Inquiry, and standing against racism, sexism, and colonialism. This work must be undertaken with Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people leading the way. Government must listen to what those on the frontlines are saying and commit the necessary resources. This is especially important in the formation of the National Action Plan on MMIWG.
The BCAFN commends all of those who have dedicated their lives to ending violence, their resilience, and those community members living and working in the Downtown Eastside.
For further information, contact:
Annette Schroeter, Communications Officer, (250)962-1603.