Shomporko Online News Desk: The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the federal government presented an action plan full of promises on Thursday. The long-awaited 30-page document has been in the works for two years, but supporters say it still falls short and lacks key specifics.
The lack of a genuine implementation plan for the document is at the heart of the issue.
“We were dissatisfied last year. We didn’t have a strategy. The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s CEO, Lynne Groulx, said, “This year we have a plan but no execution plan.”
“We’re very concerned that it’s half of a document.”
The “federal pathway” document outlines the Liberal government’s plans to respond to the inquiry’s 231 calls for justice in 2019. It includes commitments to provide funding or increase existing funding, for a number of programs and initiatives across four thematic areas: culture, health and wellness, human safety and security, and justice.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the action plan on Thursday, promising $2.2 billion in additional funding to help implement the proposal’s goals to strengthen Indigenous language, culture, infrastructure, health, and policing.
Groulx, on the other hand, claimed the federal government’s plans were ambiguous and didn’t meet the national inquiry’s demands for action. As a result, she said, the NWAC has decided to request that the UN investigate how Canada is “dealing with this genocide.”
“That paper had to strictly follow the directions issued by the national inquiry in the call for justice 1.1, which states that initiatives must be clearly laid out with timelines, funds, and who is responsible so that we can clearly follow up on those calls for justice,” Groulx added. “That doesn’t appear to be in that document.”