OTTAWA, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today expressed support for First Nation
leaders in Manitoba calling for a public inquiry on missing and
murdered Indigenous women, further urging concrete action by all
parties to end violence against Indigenous women across the country.
"Violence against our women and girls is utterly unacceptable - this
must end. We must work together now and this includes recognizing the
deep connection between violence and the realities too many of our
peoples face," said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. "The International
Expert Group Meeting on Combating Violence Against Indigenous Women and
Girls declared that safety and security is directly linked to
implementing self-determination and dismantling the social, political,
and economic barriers that impede the right of Indigenous Peoples.
First Nations rights must be respected and implemented in ways that our
people can better ensure our own safety and work together with
governments to address violence based on need."
National Chief Atleo's comments follow reports of the arrest of an
accused serial killer in Winnipeg. First Nation leaders from Manitoba
Keewatinowi Okimakanak, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Southern
Chiefs' Organization announced today they will continue to draw
attention to the unresolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous
women in Manitoba, and the need for a public inquiry. These
organizations will be coordinating a march and vigil at the Manitoba
Legislature in Winnipeg this evening.
Chiefs across Canada have made ending violence against women a national
priority. AFN consistently advocates in support of First Nation
individuals and families impacted by violence that seek justice, and
for adequate and appropriate health supports and preventative measures
to better ensure communities are safe.
In May 2012, together with the Native Women's Association of Canada and
other groups, AFN submitted a joint statement with specific
recommendations for action at the United Nations Permanent Forum on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNPFII). AFN hosted a national justice
forum earlier this year aimed at developing a strategy to end violence
against women and girls. The draft strategy will be presented to
Chiefs at the upcoming Annual General Assembly taking place in Toronto
July 17-19, 2012.
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