By Lethbridge Herald on June 12, 2019.
In response to calls for action from Indigenous families, communities
and organizations, as well as non-governmental and international
organizations, the Government of Canada launched an entirely
independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous
Women and Girls (MMIWG) in September 2016.
The National Inquiry’s Final MMIWG Report, released June 3, reveals
that persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations
and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of
violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.
On Thursday, during the regular weekly Southern Alberta Council on
Public Affairs meeting, set for noon at the Royal Canadian Legion,
speaker Terri-Lynn Fox will present “The Recently Released Missing
and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Report Lists 231 Calls for
Justice: What are the Immediate Priorities?”
Fox is a member of the Kainai Nation and director of the Kainai
Wellness Centre, a branch of the Blood Tribe Department of Health.
As documented in the Final Report, testimony from family members and
survivors of violence spoke about a surrounding context marked by
multigenerational and intergenerational trauma and marginalization in
the form of poverty, insecure housing or homelessness and barriers to
education, employment, health care and cultural support.
The speaker will elaborate and offer thoughts on future actions.