Statement - Canadian Human Rights Commission endorses IMMIWG Calls to Justice and calls on Canadians to play a role

June 3, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

Following the release of the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, issues the following statement:

“Today we congratulate the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on releasing its final report.

“For too long, systemic discrimination and violence against Indigenous women and girls, including those who are 2SLGBTQQIA, has gone unacknowledged, undocumented, uninvestigated, and unexamined. Indigenous women and girls are rights-holders, and their voices and stories must be heard.”

“The CHRC commends the Inquiry for taking a broad human rights and Indigenous rights approach that considered the root causes of the violence and systemic discrimination against Indigenous women and girls within our society. The Calls for Justice contained in this report touch on many different facets of life, from health and wellness, to culture, education, and the right to self-determination. Many of the practical changes proposed will make our society more just — not only for Indigenous women and girls, but for all of us. 

“We support and endorse these Calls to Justice. As the report reminds us: these recommendations aren’t just about what governments must do. We must all play a role. The Canadian Human Rights Commission will do our part, and we encourage everyone in Canada to do the same. We must honour the words of the families and survivors, and allow their stories to motivate action to change our country for the better.”

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