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Calling States to Account 14e - MMIWG Inquiry Final Report

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Reclaiming Power and Place: MMIW Final Report

[imagecaption] ‘MMIWG inquiry closing ceremony LIVE’, CBC News, 2019. [/imagecaption]

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‘The truths shared in these National Inquiry hearings tell the story – or, more accurately, thousands of stories – of acts of genocide against First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. This violence amounts to a race-based genocide of Indigenous Peoples, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, which especially targets women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. This genocide has been empowered by colonial structures, evidenced notably by the Indian Act, the Sixties Scoop, residential schools, and breaches of human and Inuit, Métis and First Nations rights, leading directly to the current increased rates of violence, death, and suicide in Indigenous populations.’

From the Introduction to the Final Report of the National Inquiry, released in June 2019.


Initial responses to the report have been dominated by controversy over the term ‘genocide’ but Prime Minister Trudeau has signalled his acceptance of the findings, stating: ‘We cannot pretend to be a country that cares about human rights, that has a positive impact on the world, if we do not end this situation once and for all.’


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