The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls report lays out in undeniable detail how Indigenous women and girls have been discriminated against, harmed by and failed throughout the criminal justice system. The report’s 231 calls for justice — many of which have been advocated for previously in past reviews and reports — are now in the hands of governments, police forces, and other institutions.
Advocates say the focus now must be on actually making changes, and holding institutions accountable for failing to do so.
What might that take? Some of the recommendations require new funding to establish or expand already existing measures such as access to Indigenous sentencing reports, legal support and victim services. Others, such as instituting harsher sentences for violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual), require changes to the Criminal Code.