Office of the Ontario Regional Chief
Taykwa Tagamou Nation Territory, ON) Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald issued the following statement yesterday on the 2nd Anniversary of the release of the National Inquiry’s final report of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG): Reclaiming Power and Place.
“Today, the Government of Canada released their Federal Pathway to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two Spirit and LGBTQQIA+ People, co-developed by National Families and Survivors Circle, federal and provincial representatives and Indigenous communities and the Assembly First Nations released the Action Plan to End Violence Against Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People titled Breathing Life into the Calls for Justice.” said Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald.
“I would like to first thank the survivors and their families whose bravery and courage inspired us all to come together and carry out this good work in their honor. We ensure that this process prioritizes the safety and wellbeing of the survivors and their families at all times. Without their guidance and wisdom, all of the progress we’re seeing today would not be happening. They deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for leading us through this journey.
I am hopeful with the creation of these reports, which include priorities and commitments based on the 231 Calls for Justice, we can take steps toward collectively healing and creating space for a survivors and ‘families first’ approach to ensure women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals are safe, protected and respected. I look forward to continuing this important work alongside the Government of Canada to create meaningful action.
In addition to this, on May 27, 2021, the Government of Ontario released Pathways to Safety: Ontario’s Strategy in Response to the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the province’s response to the National Inquiry.
I would also like to recognize the great work accomplished by members of the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council, who have worked tirelessly to assist in developing a strategy in response to the Final Report of the National Inquiry into MMIWG. Further, I acknowledge Anna Betty Anchneepineskum, who has worked closely with the government to develop a holistic approach that will ensure Indigenous girls and women are treated with dignity always.
This process is obviously a delicate one and ultimately, we need to go back to the families and survivors to ensure we are guided by their vision. Like many of us, the families and survivors have endured so much pain and trauma. Their strength is what inspires us to come together and ensure their needs are being met and their wishes are being carried out.”
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald
As a group we took a families and survivor’s first approach to all the work that we did. And in putting our hearts and minds together, the Pathways of Safety document took shape. Moving forward, equitable and sustainable investment has to be made by all levels of government to ensure that the Pathways of Safety are implemented and that our women, girls and gender diverse peoples can be assured of a life where they are safe, respected, and treated with dignity. This is only the beginning. We will ensure an accountability process is in place to monitor all levels of government to ensure they follow through with these recommendations. Because of the different pathways and processes, some things may not align all across the board but what we can do is work together with the survivors and families to ensure their voices are being heard and requests are being honored.”
- Anna Betty Achneepineskum, the Chiefs of Ontario representative on the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council
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