Treaty 2 Territory – First Nations in Treaty 2 (FNiT2T) Government
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was established in 2016 to report on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls, including sexual violence, human trafficking, exploitation, child and family services involvement, domestic violence, bullying and harassment, suicide, and self-harm.
The violence and death experienced by Indigenous Women and Girls is a result of history due to the interruption of the First Nation matriarchal and family systems. With the enforcement of the reservation system, residential/day school, which resulted in the loss of identity, language, culture, poverty, addiction and intergenerational trauma.
“What has happened to our First Nation women and girls is genocide. Today, our First Nation women are still being exploited. Our First Nation women are the carriers and givers of life. My grandmother was the holder of the household and what she said would take place in the home is what would be honoured and respected. Traditionally, the woman is always the head of the household. Colonization has dramatically deteriorated the respect we must have for First Nation women” stated Grand Chief Eugene Eastman
Statement from Grand Chief Eastman in Video Here
Prior to the final report being released today it was leaked out to media, to Canada and Manitoba governments who were provided the opportunity to review the report. Yet, the families who made the report what it is were not accommodated with the opportunity to review the report before the release.
“It is a lack of respect and honor to be leaking this kind of report ahead of the courageous families that contain their pain, their trauma and their sorrow that they walk with every day, which further exploits our MMIWG and their families. There is a lot of work to do in order to empower our First Nation women” said Charlotte Nepinak, FNiT2T chair of the Ikwewak (Women’s) Council
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Report from MMIWG here
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Last modified: June 4, 2019