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Canada too slow to act on MMIW inquiry findings, says leader of Organization of American States – National Post

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201913 Views

On Wednesday, a federal minister said the government plans to develop a national action plan by next June, a year after the final report’s release

OTTAWA — The secretary general of the Organization of American States says Canada is taking too long to act on the final report of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, even as Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said Wednesday that the government will come up with a national action plan by June 2020.

Luis Almagro said he received an “evasive” response from Ottawa to his proposal earlier this year to set up an expert panel to investigate the findings of the final report, including the conclusion that the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women in Canada constitute genocide. In an interview with the National Post, he said he expected the government would have done more by now to act on the 231 recommendations in the national inquiry’s final report, released in June. Almagro is in Canada this week, meeting with former commissioners of the inquiry and travelling to Indigenous communities to see first-hand the challenges facing Indigenous women.

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