Canada’s unions call on party leaders to commit to Calls for Justice

October 4, 2019

Every year on October 4, Sisters in Spirit Vigils occur across Canada to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people.

This October 4, Canada’s unions are echoing calls from Indigenous families, communities and organizations for the implementation of all 231 Calls for Justice from the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

“The tireless efforts and painful testimony of Indigenous families, communities and organizations demands immediate attention,” said Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Labour Congress. “With less than three weeks left in the federal election campaign, unions are calling on all parties to commit to developing an action plan to carry out the report’s recommendations.”  

The inquiry’s final report was delivered on June 3 after three years of powerful testimonies from 2,000 individuals and their families who have experience tragedy. These emotional testimonies were shared during dozens of community meetings across the country.

It includes 231 Calls for Justice, which include the immediate transformation of Indigenous policing, review and amendments to the Criminal Code, and other crucial steps that would make this country a safer place for Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people.

“On October 4, we will be on Parliament Hill, standing in solidarity with all Indigenous families, communities and organizations demanding action to end violence against Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people,” said Clarke Walker.

People across Canada can show their support for the implementation of the National Inquiry’s Calls for Justice by attending a vigil in their community.

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