KAIROS welcomes the federal government’s decision to collaborate with Indigenous peoples on an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. An inquiry is urgently needed to raise awareness and understanding of the sexist and racist attitudes and beliefs that are at the root of the violence against Indigenous women in Canada. There is overwhelming evidence that this violence is in part an intergenerational impact of the residential schools system.
We are encouraged that this process includes families of victims, as too often the families’ voices are not heard.
KAIROS is working with our network, partners and the Canadian government to try to ensure that the inquiry is rooted in respectful and genuine collaboration and that addresses the systemic causes of this ongoing violence.
We see this commitment in the context of our work on truth and reconciliation in Canada and we remain hopeful this inquiry will be the last.
At the same time, we have significant concerns that the Inquiry will have difficulty being effective due to substantial gaps in the terms of reference. This includes insufficient scrutiny of law enforcement, a lack of supports to enable broad participation of family members, potential barriers to accessing important documents and jurisdictional barriers to working with the provinces and territories, among others.
Official website: www.mmiwg-ffada.ca
Read more about gaps in the Terms of Reference.
Learn about the mandate, scope, budget, terms of reference and design process.
The Honourable Marion Buller, Provincial Court Judge, British Columbia, Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan
Michèle Audette, Former President of Femmes autochtones du Québec (Québec Native Women’s Association), Mani Utenam, Québec
Qajaq Robinson, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Brian Eyolfson, Acting Deputy Director, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Legal Services, Couchiching First Nation, Ontario
We will share updates about the Inquiry and post opportunities for engagement as they become available. Addressing the high levels of violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls requires everyone’s involvement.