INQUIRY INTO MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS MUST BRING TRUE JUSTICE AND CHANGE

After almost a decade of fighting for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people, today's announcement marks a critical milestone on the path towards justice, say New Democrats.

“The existence of this inquiry is thanks to the tireless work of Indigenous women, activists, survivors of violence and the families of missing and murdered women, girls and two-spirited people who never gave up their search for justice, who never accepted a no from any government," said NDP Status of Women Critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo - Ladysmith). "This inquiry is a very important first step, but we still have a long way to go to achieve closure for families who have suffered thought the tragic loss or disappearance of a loved one."

New Democrats call on the government to commit to accepting the inquiry’s recommendations, to guarantee culturally appropriate supports before, during and after witnesses testify, and to ensure that the inquiry deals meaningfully with the systemic discrimination Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people face in the justice system.