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BC AFN welcomes MMIWG final report

BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee. Bill Phillips photo
BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee and Women’s Representative Louisa Housty Jones welcome the release of Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

The final report from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry contains 231 recommendations or “calls for justice.”

“I lift up and offer my gratitude to all those who shared their truth throughout the national inquiry’s process,” said Jones. “Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) people continue to demonstrate immense strength and heart and have shown that we will not be silenced. I challenge all governments to take seriously the stories that have been proclaimed and the reality of colonial genocide in Canada.”

The BCAFN calls on all Canadians to stand up and embrace the “calls for justice” that were drawn from the and testimony of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people.

I welcome the final report and the 231 ‘calls for justice’ that create a pathway to bring about the end of the colonial violence and genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada,” said Teegee. “Too many of us have lost family members to the ongoing violence against our women, girls and two-spirit people and we have endured the continued pain of a limited, drawn-out response from the Canadian justice and social systems.”

Building on the work of this inquiry, the BCAFN will be holding a third Women’s Dialogue Session in the near future with female chiefs, councillors, elected tribal leadership, and others in leadership positions from our communities. Together they will pursue priorities and strategic approaches with respect to advocating and advancing the well-being of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people.

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