Trudeau announces $1.4B annual Canadian investment in women and girls' health

Trudeau announces $1.4B annual Canadian investment in women and girls' health

The inquiry's report, released Monday, is 1,200 pages long and contains 231 recommendations the inquiry says will end violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people.

Hundreds of families who lost loved ones attended the ceremony, many shedding tears and holding pictures of their daughters, sisters, cousins, aunts or mothers, who have been murdered or never found.

A damning report has accused the Canadian government of perpetuating genocide by inaction against indigenous women and girls.

"He gave us this national inquiry of MMIWG", Williams said.

Commissioner Qajaq Robinson said Monday that the process had tested her to her core as a non-Indigenous person, struggling to come to terms with her "role in Canada's genocide".

Marion Buller, the chief commissioner of the inquiry and a retired indigenous judge, defended the use of the word "genocide" to describe abuses against indigenous women in Canada.

Maloney says there is still work to be done, and they will not stop until they've accomplished their goal.

"It's our responsibility to hold all governments at all levels to account, to ensure that the recommendations of this report do not gather dust on some bureaucratic shelf in Ottawa like the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples", he said.

But those figures could be a gross undercount, according to the commission, which concludes that "no one knows the exact number" because thousands of deaths and disappearances "have likely gone unrecorded".

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The inquiry, which cost C$92m ($67m; £53m), focused on the systemic causes of violence against indigenous women as well as on prevention.

A "housing crisis" is a significant contributor to violence, and "improved economic and social services, including better employment opportunities and safer housing, are necessary".

The impact on these families is indescribable, he said. It recommends creating an independent task force to investigate unresolved cases and increasing punishments for violent offenses when the victims are indigenous women.

"It is important to acknowledge the many First Nation family members and survivors from Manitoba who had the courage, strength and determination to share their painful truths with the National Inquiry", he said. Trudeau's Conservative predecessor, Stephen Harper, said the issue had been "studied to death" and was not "really high" on his government's "radar". "It means it took this long for Canada to listen".

"I was hoping that he would have that courage", she said during a press conference. Police filed a report under an incorrect name; the case remains unsolved.

"It was Canadians that stood with us shoulder to shoulder on the streets demanding justice, and an inquiry, that wasn't done by Indigenous women alone or it wouldn't have happened", says Maloney.

She adds the Inquiry includes some harsh truths that need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

"I believe that other donors will follow, because this is historic leadership", she says of the investment.

She looks to countries where governments have rolled back on health issues - including in the US - explaining the choice to do so is negatively impacting the women that live in those places.