Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
Advance policy priorities that address the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLBTQQIA+ people.
CAP has long advocated for the safety and security of Indigenous women and girls and continued to do so throughout the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The release of the Reclaiming Power and Place: Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is recognized as an important milestone. CAP has continued this dialogue through national engagements, as illustrated in the release of 2020 MMIWG Summit: Summary of Findings. Throughout, CAP constituents have been clear that the root causes of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people require substantial and transformative change.
As part of the Canada-Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Accord, the MMIWG2S+ Priority Area Working Group was established to push forward substantial and transformative change. The working group collaborates to advances joint policy priorities to improve the socioeconomic conditions, safety, and security of MMIWG2S+, regardless of status or residency. This work is grounded in six pillars to safety and wellbeing; recognition of rights, mobility of right, access to resources, inter-governmental coordination, accountability, and education.
Conclusion - the important takeaway
The work CAP is undertaking related to MMIWG2S+ embraces the concept of substantive equality and the complex and unique diversity of Indigenous identities, to respond to the specific needs of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples. CAP seeks inclusive and all-encompassing actions that benefit all Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. With a focus on systemic issues, policy, capacity building, and partnership development, CAP will continue to strongly advocate for the implementation of human and Indigenous rights of urban, rural Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ populations.