The legacy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has impacted all First Nations. Chiefs in Ontario are committed to leading and enacting meaningful responses to the MMIWG National Inquiry Report. First Nations continue to hold a vision of our women being treated with dignity and respect. Our women must be valued, safe and protected always.
- Continuing the Search – First Nations in Ontario, in particular the First Nations Women’s Caucus, have been encouraged by the Chiefs-in-Assembly to continue their work with Ontario families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in pursuing justice for their loved ones. (COO, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, 2017) Support must be extended to continue the search for justice and answers ulitizing the “families first” approach.
- A Strength-based Approach of First Nations Women – The Government of Canada must consider additional, strength-based efforts to uplift women through gender equity programs benefiting First Nations women and girls, including further research in gender-based analysis and determining the needs of women. Equity must be extended to ensure greater numbers of First Nations women in the workforce, in leadership positions, the federal public service, post-secondary program and non-traditional skills-development opportunities.
- Denouncing Violence Against Women and 2SLGBTQQIA – All Canadians must speak out against those who perpetrate violence against women and those who identify as 2-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual. Canada has a responsibility to help protect First Nations 2SLGBTQQIA+ people through specific programs and services that provide necessary social and health supports to these important and loved members of our communities.