June 4, 2019

The release of the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is an important milestone for social justice in Canada. This exhaustive document, comprising more than 1,000 pages, explains why Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA individuals have been, and continue to be, subject to horrendous violence, abuse and overarching injustices in our society.

Most importantly, the report features prominently the voices of grandmothers, mothers, daughters and Elders with deep personal connections to those who have been lost. I want to acknowledge the families, survivors, and loved ones who courageously gave their testimony and, in so doing, helped the inquiry go beyond the statistics and helped us all remember the women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA individuals who have been taken from their families and communities. There are many lessons that must be learned so that their stories are honoured and inspire transformational societal change.