Government of Canada participates in the launch of the National Action Plan to end violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people and releases its contribution to the Plan
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June 3, 2021 — Ottawa, Ontario, Traditional Unceded Algonquin Territory — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual plus (2SLGBTQQIA+) people have the right to be safe in their communities, wherever they live. The Government of Canada is working with Indigenous Peoples and provincial and territorial partners across Canada to bring about substantial, immediate, and transformational change to end systemic racism and gender-based violence.
Today, on the second anniversary of the release of Reclaiming Power and Place, the final report by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, we honour the families, survivors and communities that never gave up. On this historic day, contributing partners from across Canada come together to release the National Action Plan to end this ongoing tragedy.
During a virtual launch event for the National Action Plan, the Government of Canada released its component of the Plan, the Federal Pathway to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA+ People. The product of extensive engagement and collaboration, the Government of Canada's contribution to the broader National Action Plan aims to end violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLBGTQQIA+ people by addressing the complexity and interrelated nature of the causes of violence.
Colonialism, racism, sexism and ableism have created systemic inequities for Indigenous Peoples and threatened to extinguish Indigenous languages, cultures and traditional practices, and have directly impacted the rightful power and place of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. The Federal Pathway takes a holistic and comprehensive approach to address the root causes of violence by committing to take concrete action in four key areas, as identified by the National Inquiry: culture, health and wellness, human safety and security and justice.
Budget 2021 includes historic investments that will support the implementation of the initiatives in the Federal Pathway and contribute to ending this national tragedy. To help build a safer, stronger, and more inclusive society, Budget 2021 proposes to invest an additional $2.2 billion over five years, and $160.9 million ongoing. This investment would support:
- the preservation, restoration, and promotion of Indigenous cultures and languages;
- fostering health systems free from racism and discrimination where Indigenous Peoples are respected and safe;
- supporting culturally responsive policing and community safety services in Indigenous communities;
- improving access to justice for Indigenous Peoples and support the development of an Indigenous Justice Strategy to address systemic discrimination and the overrepresentation of Indigenous Peoples in the justice system;
- enhancing support for Indigenous women's and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations; and,
- working with Indigenous partners to ensure that appropriate monitoring mechanisms are in place to measure progress and to keep the government accountable, now and in the future.
Budget 2021 proposes more than $18 billion in investments to further narrow gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, support healthy, safe, and prosperous Indigenous communities, and advance meaningful reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation. The work to develop the National Action Plan and the Federal Pathway have informed these investments. They also include additional supports that will help deliver on the Government of Canada's commitments.
To continue work on the Federal Pathway, the Government of Canada will collaborate with Indigenous partners on an Implementation Plan. This will ensure current and future measures are implemented in a way that meets the needs of the communities they are meant to serve.
The work to end violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people is far from done. The Government of Canada, along with Indigenous, provincial and territorial partners will continue to work together on the various components of the National Action Plan being released today and those still to come. The Government of Canada will also monitor and provide a public report annually on the implementation of initiatives included in its Federal Pathway. This ongoing process will help identify where there is a need to re-focus and adjust efforts in the Federal Pathway to keep it accountable for results.
"We honour the strength, resilience of the families and survivors and their decades of advocacy for justice, healing and prevention. We are here today releasing the National Action Plan and the Federal Pathway because of their dedication to this important and challenging work. The Federal Pathway is a key contribution to the National Action Plan that will lead to real, lasting and widespread change. By working with over 100 Indigenous women, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people and Indigenous, provincial, and territorial partners, we will put in place the concrete measures and the accountability framework that will truly end this ongoing national tragedy."
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
"Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people have told us that for them, healing starts with reclaiming their cultures. Culture has to be lived in order to flourish. This is what strengthens identity and leads to safe and secure communities. That is why our government is supporting Indigenous Peoples in revitalizing and strengthening their languages, knowledge and traditions and in telling their stories proudly. We stand firmly against all forms of racism and hatred because we want to build a Canada where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential—free from discrimination."
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Canadian Heritage
"First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people deserve to live safely and enjoy good mental and physical health. As Minister of Indigenous Services, I take this seriously and am humbled to say that we are taking the necessary steps to meet those objectives. Our investments in health and child safety supports will help provide Indigenous women and their children the opportunity to rebuild better lives for themselves and their families."
The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
"The Government of Canada recognizes that Indigenous Peoples have long been overrepresented in the justice system, as both victims and offenders. We are committed to working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations to make fundamental changes that respond to the unique needs of Indigenous communities and ensure that the safety of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people is an ongoing priority."
The Honourable Bill Blair
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"The Government of Canada is taking action to address the violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals. We are investing in capacity building for community-based Indigenous women's and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations and working to address gender-based violence through a co-ordinated Federal Pathway. We are also partnering with families, communities and organizations across the country on over 100 initiatives to commemorate those lost and honour their legacies. Thank you to the families, communities and survivors for their collaboration on this important work. This is a national tragedy and the Government of Canada is committed to working with all partners to heal wounds and prevent this senseless violence."
The Honourable Maryam Monsef,
Minister of Women and Gender Equality
"Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people must have the confidence that the justice system is there to protect them, not to harm them. To this day, Indigenous Peoples continue to face systemic discrimination within our justice system. We all have a role to play to bring about the transformational changes needed to remedy this once and for all. The Federal Pathway will provide the roadmap to create a fair, equitable, and inclusive justice system that respects the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and protects women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people now and in the future."
The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
"We remain committed to addressing gender-based violence in the North and all across the country. The Federal Pathway sets forth a plan to address the root causes of violence and socioeconomic injustices faced by Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people across Canada. It is based on collaboration, partnership, and community-driven priorities to ensure continued, coordinated, and comprehensive action that will make the substantial and transformative change needed to end this national tragedy."
The Honourable Daniel Vandal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Northern Affairs
Key Budget 2021 measures include closing the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples, supporting healthy, safe, and prosperous Indigenous communities, and advancing meaningful reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation through an historic investment of over $18 billion.
According to Statistics Canada, despite only making up 4 per cent of the Canadian population, Indigenous women and girls represented 28 per cent of homicides perpetrated against women in 2019 and are 12 times more likely to be murdered or missing than non-Indigenous women in Canada.
The Federal Pathway is the Federal Government's contribution and it is one component of a much broader National Action Plan to end the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. Several other representative groups, and provinces and territories are also contributing components.
The Pathway is an evergreen document that will evolve over time to continue to meet the needs, goals and aspirations of Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA+ people.
For more information, media may contact:
Press Secretary and Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett,
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
Indigenous Services Canada
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
Women and Gender Equality Canada
Office of the Minister of Justice
Department of Justice Canada
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