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Prime Minister Trudeau Reaffirms Commitment on Fifth Anniversary of MMIWG Final Report

Ottawa, Ontario – Today marks five years since the release of the Final Report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the nation, reaffirming the government’s dedication to addressing the systemic issues that have led to the violence and disappearance of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people in Canada.

“Five years ago today, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls delivered its Final Report,” Trudeau stated. “Today, as we honour the memory of those lost and those who continue to courageously step forward to share their stories, we also reaffirm our commitment to families, survivors, and advocates in the pursuit of truth, justice, and reconciliation.”

Since the release of the report, which exposed Canada’s failure to uphold the rights of Indigenous Peoples, the government has undertaken several initiatives. Among these is the partnership with the Government of Manitoba and affected families to search the Prairie Green Landfill for the remains of Marcedes Myran, Morgan Harris, and a third unidentified woman, referred to as Buffalo Woman. This search reflects a broader commitment to bringing closure and justice to affected families.

A significant development is the planned pilot of the ‘Red Dress Alert’ system. This alert system will notify the public when an Indigenous woman, girl, Two-Spirit, or gender diverse person goes missing. This initiative stems from the dialogue at the National Indigenous-Federal-Provincial-Territorial Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, and Gender-Diverse People, underscoring the importance of collaborative efforts.

“The Government of Canada has been working diligently with partners to create a safer and fairer society for Indigenous Peoples in Canada,” Trudeau emphasized. “That’s why we contributed to the National Action Plan to end systemic causes of violence, and it’s why we’re implementing the Federal Pathway to support healing and justice. In the past year, we collaborated closely with Indigenous partners to release the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Action Plan By working together, we are building a future where Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people can live without fear of violence or discrimination.”

Trudeau concluded with a call to action for all levels of government to partake in these efforts, emphasizing that transformative and meaningful change requires collective effort. “On this solemn day, and every day, we recommit ourselves to advancing this path of reconciliation,” he said. “By working with Indigenous, provincial, and territorial partners, we will take concrete action and put an end to the national crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people.”

For those affected by the crisis, immediate emotional assistance is available through a dedicated hotline at 1-844-413-6649, with additional mental health support services accessible.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at alwin.squire@gtaweekly.ca.

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