YELLOWKNIFE (August 22, 2019)– Caroline Cochrane, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), today released Doing Our Part: Initial Response to ‘Reclaiming Power And Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls’ (“the Initial Response”).
The Initial Response lists the thematic sections of the Inquiry’s Calls for Justice, highlighting where the GNWT is already doing work departments can build on. The document sets out a number of high-level questions the GNWT will need to carefully consider before taking further action. More analysis is needed before the GNWT can address every relevant Call for Justice, and some may require policy change or fiscal or human resources.
In addition to this Initial Response, the GNWT has committed to participating in discussions towards the development of the National Action Plan called for by the Inquiry. This work will help the GNWT and other governments and organizations in the NWT build capacity and understand the best ways to action responses to the Calls for Justice.
“The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls identified systemic issues that contribute to the ongoing violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people in Canada. In order to reverse this trend, we must, as a whole society, say this is not acceptable and work together to put an end to the racism, discrimination, misogyny, and economic, social and political marginalization that perpetuates it. The GNWT is committed to thoughtfully considering and responding to each of the Calls for Justice included in the Nationals Inquiry’s Final Report.”
- Caroline Cochrane, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
- Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls includes 231 Calls for Justice
- Doing Our Part, the GNWT’s initial response to Reclaiming Power and Place, analyzes the Calls for Justice according to each of the 18 themes of the Final Report:
- Human and Indigenous Rights and Governmental Obligations
- Health and Wellness
- Human Security
- Media and Social Influencers
- Health and Wellness Providers
- Transportation Service Providers and the Hospitality Industry
- Police Services
- Attorneys and Law Societies
- Social Workers and Those Implicated in Child Welfare
- Extractive and Development Industries
- Correctional Service Canada
- All Canadians
- Distinction-based Calls: Inuit
- Distinction-based Calls: Métis
- An initial review shows that the GNWT is already working towards a majority of the Calls for Justice . In many cases, the Calls for Justice will result in shifts in the way the GNWT’s work is carried out, rather than entirely new initiatives.
For more information, contact:
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs
(867) 767-9168 x.15015