Published: Wed, June 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Uhuru's Achievement That Got Him Boasting to Women in Canada

Uhuru's Achievement That Got Him Boasting to Women in Canada

The final 1,200 page report calls violence against First Nations, Metis and Inuit women and girls a form of "genocide" and a crisis that has been "centuries in the making".

The report states that, among the root causes of the disappearances and deaths are the socioeconomic conditions in which Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual) people live and their lack of political influence.

The report outlines what chief commissioner Marion Buller refers to as "important truths", such as the role Canadian laws and institutions played by violating human rights of Indigenous peoples".

In response to a recommendation calling on police to improve response to human trafficking, sexual exploitation and violence, Smyth said work is already underway in Winnipeg, naming organizations the Winnipeg Police Service has partnered with like Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata and Ndinawe, the Winnipeg Outreach Network and the Sexually Exploited Youth Community Coalition.

"They don't matter when they go through that system", Ms Audette said.

The report, titled "Reclaiming Power and Place", was the result of a national inquiry commissioned by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016.

Following the release of the report, Trudeau said the government of Canada will implement a national action plan to address the calls to justice.

"I was hoping that he would have that courage", she said during a press conference.

Lucchesi shared her survival story of nearly being one of the missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Her aunt Belinda Williams has been missing for more than 40 years and the DNA of her cousin Tanya Holyk was found on serial killer Robert Pickton's farm.

"The reserves are underfunded, there is like chronic lack of housing, there is no safe drinking water", she said.

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"It's definitely emotionally draining and it rips out my heart", Williams adds.

Monsef says Ottawa has also pledged to match donations for domestic programs of up to $10 million each for three groups - Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Women's Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada.

"Her voice is silent but I feel like I'm her voice, and I feel like I've carried forward with what I've promised".

"So if you look at the definition of genocide, it can be interpreted many different ways, but I would say yes it fits into that, there's no question about that".

She says that being part of the process has allowed her to learn a lot about the character of Indigenous populations across the country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that Canada would invest in a ten-year commitment to reach $1.4-billion in annual funding to support women's health initiatives, beginning in 2023.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault bristled at the inquiry's use of the term "genocide", while insisting he wanted to focus on the issues rather than quibbling over word choice.

Nepinak says she knows the numbers are higher than the database stats because she works on the front lines with friends and family of the missing and murdered females.

The two leaders acknowledged and agreed on the need to avail resources for the implementation of the road map and support for the various women and girls empowerment initiatives in conflict and post conflict regions of Africa.

This reality has been detailed in the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Persons, the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, the many task force and inquiry reports that began in 1980s, and now, again, in the National Inquiry report.

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