Feds have made little progress in cracking down on MMIWG, advocacy group says

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OTTAWA — The Native Women’s Association of Canada says the federal government has made little progress in the past year on its action plan to end violence against women, girls and people of diverse identities of indigenous gender.

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There have been funding commitments, but little has been done to directly support survivors and families, according to an analysis released today by the group.

The national action plan topped the 231 Calls for Justice made by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in its final report three years ago.

The association was one of the groups working with Ottawa on the plan, but walked away saying the exercise was fundamentally flawed and politically motivated.

The National Circle of Families and Survivors participated in the development of the plan and members of this group are expected to speak later on Friday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to meet with survivors and participate in a private ceremony in the National Capital Region.

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada monitored the commitments made by the government in its plan and evaluated their implementation.

While progress has been made over the past 12 months on some actions, little or no progress on others, the organization says.

“Today we see the sad results of the weak government response to crimes committed against women, girls and people of diverse gender identities,” said CEO Lynne Groulx.

“The National Action Plan, as written, was in fact a recipe for inaction, and the people represented by our organization are paying the price.”

The federal government has committed to providing funding or increasing existing funding in four areas: culture, health and well-being, human security and justice.

Ottawa is expected to release its first annual progress report that will document the work accomplished over the past year.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 3, 2022.

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