MMIWG Recommendation #7 – Establish National Indigenous and Human Rights Ombudsperson

Honouring Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women - Photo by Tannis Smith.
Honouring Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women - Photo by Tannis Smith.

THUNDER BAY – The seventh recommendation from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This Call to Justice pertains to human and Indigenous rights and governmental obligations:

1.7 We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, to establish a National Indigenous and Human Rights Ombudsperson, with authority in all jurisdictions, and to establish a National Indigenous andHuman Rights Tribunal.

The ombudsperson and tribunal must be independent of governments and have the authority to receive complaints from Indigenous individuals as well as Indigenous communities in relation to Indigenous and human rights violations, and to conduct thorough and independent evaluations of government services for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people and communities to determine compliance with human and Indigenous rights laws. The ombudsperson and the tribunal must be given sufficient resources to fulfill their mandates and must be permanent.

You can access the National Inquiry’s final report online here:

NetNewsLedger is running all of the recommendations of The National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. #MMIWG – On National Indigenous People’s Day in 2019 NetNewsLedger was told in Thunder Bay that “We don’t talk about Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women anymore – It’s over.

It isn’t over, sadly it is continuing to go on and on.

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