MMIWG National Inquiry First Call for Justice – Human and Indigenous Rights

Marion Buller
Marion Buller - Commissioner of MMIWG

THUNDER BAY – The National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls has issued its final report along with recommendations that the Commissioners have made to help solve the issues they were mandated to report on.

Here is the first call regarding Human and Indigenous Rights and Governmental Obligations:

1.1 We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, and Indigenous governments (hereinafter “all governments”), in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, to develop and implement a National Action Plan to address violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, as recommended in our Interim Report and in support of existing recommendations by other bodies of inquiry and other reports.

As part of the National Action Plan, we call upon all governments to ensure that equitable access to basic rights such as employment, housing, education, safety, and health care is recognized as a fundamental means of protecting Indigenous and human rights, resourced and supported as rights-based programs founded on substantive equality. All programs must be no-barrier and must apply regardless of Status or location.

Governments should:

i Table and implement a National Action Plan that is flexible and distinctions-based, and that includes regionally specific plans with devoted funding and timetables for implementation that are rooted in the local cultures and communities of diverse Indigenous identities, with measurable goals and necessary resources dedicated to capacity building, sustainability, and long-term solutions.

ii Make publicly available on an annual basis reports of ongoing actions and developments in measurable goals related to the National Action Plan.

If you’d like to read the Final Report of the National Inquiry, you can access it online here: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/