Indigenous families and leaders, and federal, provincial and territorial Ministers participated in a working meeting in Ottawa Friday February 27, 2015. This National Roundtable discussion aimed at coordinating action to address and prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls.
In recent years, there have been a number of initiatives aimed at responding to the prevalence of violence against Indigenous women and girls, including the disproportionate rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. A variety of responses and actions have been developed by communities and governments, including provincial, territorial, federal and Indigenous governments, however no comprehensive and coordinated response exists.
To move the dialogue forward and initiate coordinated action, three priority were identified for discussion at the National Roundtable to address the disproportionate number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls:
- Prevention and Awareness
- Community Safety
- Policing Measures and Justice Responses
As a result of the National Roundtable, each federal, provincial and territorial government and each NAO will coordinate efforts toward tangible and immediate actions in each of the priority areas. Together this will constitute a shared national commitment to increased, ongoing collaboration with the development of regionally and community-based and community-driven solutions to prevent and address violence against Indigenous women and girls.
For more information on the goals and objectives download the Framework for Action to Prevent and Address Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls
To download the news release from the Roundtable. Click HERE