Federal Government reports on the safety of violence-impacted Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGTBQI+ people

  • June 03, 2023

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June 3, 2023 — Ottawa, Ontario, Traditional Unceded Algonquin Territory — Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations, released the 2022-23 Federal Pathway Annual Progress Report. The report summarizes actions taken by nearly 20 federal departments and agencies to address and support the safety and wellbeing of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGTBQI+ people, as well as their families and communities impacted by violence. The report also highlights the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance the priorities outlined in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People National Action Plan and respond to the Calls for Justice directed at the federal government in the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Through the work completed in 2022–23, the federal government is building better relationships with families, survivors and partners, and increasing accountability and transparency on its work to date.

Through partnerships, considerable progress has been made on key initiatives that prevent and respond to violence through housing, shelters, transportation, infrastructure and direct support for the wellbeing of families and survivors. Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls have long called for accountability in responding to the Calls for Justice, and in making sure they get the answers they deserve. We have heard from many Indigenous partners that the acceleration of Call for Justice 1.7, and all Calls for Justice, is critical.

Over the past year, this progress included:

  • advancing the development of 30 new individual community safety plans;
  • advancing work on 22 new shelter and transitional projects that will result in 178 units built by 2026;
  • funding over 1,000 Indigenous language projects;
  • supporting 66 Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities projects across 11 provinces and territories;
  • allocating over $3 million to develop 13 new healing and wellness programs to support Indigenous families and survivors affected by violence against MMIWG2S+;
  • holding the first-ever national roundtable with Indigenous families, survivors, leaders, community partners, and federal, provincial, and territorial governments on MMIWG2S+ priorities;
  • announcing the appointment of Jennifer Moore Rattray as Ministerial Special Representative to lead engagement related to Call for Justice 1.7 (Indigenous and Human Rights Ombudsperson) and selecting an Indigenous organization to lead work on Call for Justice 1.10 (oversight mechanism);
  • introducing the National Action Plan to End Gender-based Violence, a commitment between federal/provincial/territorial governments to prevent gender-based violence and support victims, survivors and their families; and,
  • launching the federal 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan aimed at advancing rights and equality for 2SLGBTQI+ people in Canada.

Looking ahead to 2023–24 and beyond, the Government of Canada will keep working on the implementation of concrete actions that make real and positive impacts on the lives of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people. These actions will include prioritizing discussions on an alert system, an ombudsperson and oversight mechanism.

The voices, perspectives and lived experiences of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people are at the front and center of Canada’s response to this crisis. The federal government has been listening and is taking action based on these lived experiences.

This work will continue in partnership with Indigenous families, survivors, leaders and partners, as well as with provinces and territories to ensure the transformational and long-lasting change that is necessary to address this crisis and make communities across the country safer.

Gender and race-based violence impacts the lives of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people across Canada every day. This is an ongoing national crisis that has to end.

Access: Executive Summary | Progress Report