Premier Horgan promises action after release of missing women inquiry report

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The report called the level of violence directed at Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (2SLGBTQQIA) people a Canadian genocide.

Qajaq Robinson, another one of commissioners, said violence against indigenous women can happen with impunity in Canada.

The first of those recommendations is to develop and implement a national action plan to address violence against Indigenous women and girls who, the report notes, are 12 times more likely to be murdered or go missing than any other Canadian demographic, and which Prime Minister Trudeau pledged he would do during his closing remarks.

The inquiry report said police and the justice system need to acknowledge that the historical and current relationship with Indigenous people has been largely defined by "colonialism, racism, bias, discrimination, and fundamental cultural and societal differences".

In cases where a child must be taken into care, a relative should be found to look after the child, and they should get the same support a foster parent would get, the report says.

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.

Among the report's recommendations is the setting up of an ombudsperson and an Indigenous and human rights tribunal.

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The young women would be carried in the canoe by men in the community to ensure that she would be "respected and honoured". "The type of genocide we have in Canada is death by a million paper cuts for generations", she told reporters, according to the Times.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police revealed in 2014 that 1,017 aboriginal women had been murdered between 1980 and 2012. "And they don't try to fit it in some political rubric or pre-existing framework", said Rebecca Thomas, a Mi'kmaw activist and former Halifax poet laureate.

"We must continue to decolonize our existing structures and the racism, sexism and economic inequality that has allowed such violence against Indigenous women and girls to prevail must be eradicated". Never mind much needed recommendations such as the need to reform police services, including Indigenous forces, to make them more responsive to violence against women and girls.

Though Justin Trudeau is now embroiled in some questionable affairs, including SNC-Lavalin scandal and the revelations of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, the announcement should come as no surprise to anyone as Trudeau prides himself on being a champion for feminism.

The national inquiry issued a statement saying Trudeau's remark Tuesday was "an important moment" in the truth and reconciliation journey.

"This report is about deliberate race, identity and gender-based genocide", says the opening paragraph from Chief commissioner Marion Buller.

"Individuals, institutions, and governments can all play a part". "What is common, no matter what you call it, is it is a bad reality that we have to move beyond and focusing on words isn't going help us move beyond".

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