NAN Acknowledges Ontario MMIWG Strategy as Significant Contribution to National Action Plan

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Walter Naveau has acknowledged today’s release of the province’s Strategy in Response to the Final Report on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as a significant contribution to a National Action Plan.

“On behalf of Nishnawbe Aski Nation I acknowledge all women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people who have gone missing or have been murdered. Our hearts are with their families, survivors and communities,” said Deputy Grand Chief Walter Naveau. “We thank the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council and Ministers Dunlop and Rickford for the collaborative efforts to ensure this strategy was developed with Indigenous women and organizations leading the way. Developing the priorities and actions required to support the unique needs for safety and healing for the women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in First Nation communities would not have been possible without having their voices at the forefront. This Strategy is a significant contribution to a National Action Plan, and we expect it to be incorporated in a federal approach.”

Ontario’s Strategy was developed in partnership with the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council (IWAC), a collaborative effort from Indigenous organizations across the province who advised the province on violence prevention. NAN was represented on the IWAC by NAN Women’s Council member Theresa Sutherland, a member of Fort Albany First Nation.

The Strategy lays out pathways to safety with NAN-specific projects including:

  • Training and supports to First Nation partners to address education-related recommendations from the Seven Youth Inquest to ensure the safety of First Nations students and safe transitions from federally operated schools to provincial schools (Ministry of Education).
  • Support for the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service Survivors Assistance Supports Program providing culturally sensitive immediate victim and witness support, and integration of bail court services in northern and remote Indigenous communities (Ministry of Indigenous Affairs).

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