Canada’s nurses applaud the work of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which released its final report today. We recognize that this day wouldn’t have come without the decades of tireless and courageous activism – often in the face of great adversity – by strong Indigenous women. Today, and on all days, we owe them a great deal of gratitude.
The report definitively concludes that Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people have been the victims of disproportionate rates of violence, disappearance and murder throughout Canada’s history. But this does not have to be our future. We can and must build a future that heals the wounds of the past by ensuring equity, justice and fairness for Indigenous peoples. We call on all political leaders to heed the wisdom in this historic report and to act on its 231 Calls for Justice.
For Canada, the hard work begins today. Together, we must build a future of empowerment and resilience for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples.
Canada’s nurses are committed to doing our part.