A virtual ceremony was held yesterday with Jill Dunlop (Assistant Secretary of State for Children and Women), the Advisory Council on Indigenous Women, and other Indigenous leaders, communities and organizations to unveil the Ontario government’s strategy to deal with disproportionate violence against deals with indigenous women and girls.
By working with indigenous partners, this plan closes critical gaps in support for indigenous women, children and two-minded, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, interview, intersex, asexual and (2SLGBTQQIA + ) People, including the need for better access to stable housing, health care, education and employment.
The virtual ceremony was led by Michelle Sault and began with a prayer from Grandmother Holly. Her eloquent prayer asked the Creator for comfort, support, and guidance for all who have experienced violence and loss, and helped everyone find peace. A song of honor for all women and women who will come was sung by Audrey DeRoy on the shores of Lake Superior.
Jill Dunlop from Toronto stated that Minister Rickford could not attend. She recognized the country and started her presentation on the grounds that the MMIW&G report was published two years ago. This report had 231 demands for justice. Ontario knew it “needed to respond to these calls for justice as effectively and quickly as possible to ensure that future generations of Indigenous women, children and 2SLGBTQQIA + people can live safely and be healed from trauma. It also became clear that efforts to address the root causes of violence can only be successful if led by indigenous peoples, especially indigenous women. “She went on to explain that a committee was formed:” Last year the Advisory Board for Indigenous Women was established. co-chaired by Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA, and Sandra Montour of Six Nations of the Grand River. “This organization shared the time, knowledge and expertise to lead the Ontario government and this response.
“The tragedy of violence against tribal peoples is totally unacceptable and needs real solutions to address the root causes,” said Minister Dunlop. “We listened carefully to the survivors, families and loved ones who participated in the national inquiry. We also worked closely with Indigenous partners, including members of the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council, to ensure that their voices guided the Ontario Plan of Action on the critical issues affecting their communities. I am proud of where we have come, but I know that much more needs to be done to ensure that all indigenous peoples can live in safety and without violence. “
The Indigenous Women’s Advisory Board set priorities and helped develop a framework that incorporated 118 initiatives in each of the six strands:
- Way to safety – Initiatives that promote safety, healing and wellbeing through preventive resources, investments and programs, such as access to safe and affordable housing.
- Path to culture – Initiatives to support education, training, employment and the revitalization of indigenous languages, cultures and identities.
- Path to health – Initiatives to promote safety and improve access to services, including mental health support for indigenous women, children and adolescents dealing with justice.
- Path to justice – Initiatives that will contribute to system-wide transformation in priority sectors, including police services and child welfare.
- Path to responsibility and accountability – Principles to be followed to promote ongoing government accountability in collaboration with the Advisory Council on Indigenous Women and Indigenous Organizations.
- Way to identify and combat systemic racism against indigenous peoples and gender analysis of indigenous peoples – Initiatives focused on combating racism against tribal peoples and developing a gender analysis approach to tribal peoples to inform Ontario’s strategy.
As part of Ontario’s strategy, the mandate of the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Board has been extended beyond March 2022. This will ensure that indigenous voices continue to set the priorities of the strategy and help build on the province’s past progress in responding to violence against indigenous women. Children and 2SLGBTQQIA + people.
“To recognize the voices of indigenous women, we worked together to ensure that the Ontario response sees their safety and healing as fundamental priorities for generations to come,” said Cora McGuire-Cyrette, co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council. “This is just the beginning as we now need to deconstruct the systems that are contributing to this crisis and reconstruct indigenous women’s leadership and security in order to have an impact across generations.”
“It’s been such a long, painful journey and while we’re not done yet, at least we’re being heard now,” said Sandra Montour, co-chair of the Indigenous Women Advisory Council. “Through this strategy, the voices of our missing and murdered people and their families can be heard forever to advance the safety and well-being of indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA + families for seven generations to come.”
You can find more information about the paths and actions here shortcut.
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