June 3rd, 2019
Canadians who cherish this nation’s reputation as a model of social justice and equality will be dismayed, if not disgusted by the revelations in the final report delivered Monday from the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Three years in the making, with testimony from thousands of Canadians, the report is damning.
Marion Buller, a First Nations woman and British Columbia judge who is the chief commissioner, refers to what has been happening as “genocide.”
And Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett calls it “a national tragedy.”
The 1,200-page report includes recommendations to government, the police and all Canadians to help address violence directed at Indigenous women and girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) people.