Dwight Dorey, National Chief of the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada (IPAC), welcomed today’s formal launch, by the Government of Canada, of the independent national Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. “Today’s announcement comes at a heavy price and we must all revere this day as a testament of the resiliency of all families affected by years of tragedies and the hard work of many” Chief Dorey stated.
“IPAC is encouraged that the work of Commissioners Marion Buller, Michele Audette, Brian Eyolfson, Marilyn Poitras and Qajaq Robinson, who are responsible for carrying forward on the work of the Inquiry, have the potential to eradicate this national tragedy and give families of missing and murdered loved ones the opportunity to be listened to, receive justice and heal.”
Chief Dorey offered support from IPAC’s nine provincial affiliates and committed to doing their part in concert with all partners and stakeholders from across Canada. “Ultimately,” Chief Dorey said, “All levels of government and policing agencies must bear the responsibility for a change that is immediate, tangible and measured. What is learned through this Inquiry must drive change that respects the wisdom of our peoples and their culture.”
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NOTE: The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) has changed its name to the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada (IPAC). The transition will continue through the coming months. For further information: CAP announces new name (IPAC)
The Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada, formally known as the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.