Ending Discrimination

Government launches inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

August 3, 2016

CLC president Hassan Yussuff was honoured to participate in the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) news conference today marking the historic and monumental launch of the official inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Following a series of consultations that began in late 2015, the government announced the inquiry’s terms of reference and the names of the five commissioners.

“We welcome the fact that the government has finally called this inquiry and has committed to ensuring it examines the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, such as racism, sexism and misogyny. But we need to make sure the government gets it right,” said Yussuff.

NWAC, alongside victims’ families and leaders from Indigenous groups, raised several concerns with the announced terms of reference:

  • The lack of a process for families to reopen cases they feel need to be re-examined;
  • The need for trauma informed and culturally based counselling that extends throughout and beyond the inquiry process;
  • The need to examine the role played by police and the justice system;
  • The need to explicitly outline the role of provinces and territories ; and
  • The need for a 6th commissioner representing Inuk communities.

Over the last decade, Canadian unions have actively supported the call from Indigenous communities for this inquiry.

“We heard the concerns raised about the terms of reference by Indigenous leaders and families, and we hope the government listens and does as they ask,” added Yussuff.

 

  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • IDAHOTB: Canada’s unions call for an end to violence and harassment

    May 17, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Social Justice and Democracy
  • Conservatives refuse to talk lagging wages instead push low-wage austerity agenda

    May 16, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Ending Discrimination
  • Asian Heritage Month: Canada must do more to eliminate anti-Asian racism

    April 30, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Social Justice and Democracy
  • Canada’s unions celebrate end to discriminatory blood donation policy

    April 28, 2022
    Click to open the link
  • Better Pay and Benefits
  • Statement of the CLC and provincial and territorial federations of labour in response to the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee Report

    December 20, 2021
    Click to open the link
  • Ending Discrimination
  • Human Rights Day: Canada must ratify C-189 to protect vulnerable domestic workers

    December 10, 2021
    Click to open the link
  • Ending Discrimination
  • Sheryl Burns awarded the 2021 Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award

    December 2, 2021
    Click to open the link
  • Ending Discrimination
  • Canada’s unions urge federal government to end conversion therapy

    November 19, 2021
    Click to open the link
  • Gender Equality
  • President Bea Bruske available to speak about Canada’s unions’ priorities for new Parliament

    November 19, 2021
    Click to open the link