Indigenous Bar Association Commends the Government of Canada’s Commitment to Justice for The Murdered and Missing Women and Girls.

Indigenous Bar Association Commends the Government of Canada’s Commitment to Justice for The Murdered and Missing Women and Girls.

by ahnationtalk on December 11, 2015628 Views

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INDIGENOUS BAR ASSOCIATION COMMENDS THE GOVERNMENT
OF CANADA’S COMMITMENT TO JUSTICE FOR THE MURDERED
AND MISSING WOMEN AND GIRLS.

OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) commends the Government of Canada’s commitment to justice for the murdered and missing women, girls, two spirit and transgender members of Indigenous communities. We call on the Government to invite us to help establish the terms of reference and recommending potential commissioners.

“We are encouraged by the Government’s recent announcement to initiate the design phase of an inquiry” said IBA President Koren Lightning-Earle. “Justice is long overdue for the families of our missing and murdered loved ones; this announcement is a positive step in the long and difficult process of reconciliation and a necessary step to further the nation-to-nation relationship.”

The IBA is pleased that the Government will take the necessary time to get the design phase of the Inquiry right. It is absolutely necessary to build on the momentum of the grassroots movements whose organizers have worked tirelessly to bring this issue to the spotlight and presence to the minds of Canadians. It is also necessary for the Government to take further action to find the root causes of and solutions to the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women, girls, Two spirit and Transgender individuals.

“Justice is our life’s work for those of us in legal professions. As Indigenous legal practitioners and academics, we bring a unique and essential perspective from both our respective Indigenous communities and within the legal structures in which we operate” said President Lightning-Earle. “We offer our knowledge and collective experience operating as Indigenous peoples within the Canadian legal system and welcome an invite to be a part of the process at every stage.”

The Indigenous Bar Association is a non-profit professional association of First Nation, Métis and Inuit lawyers, judges, legal academics and law students in Canada.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Koren Lightning-Earle, President of the Indigenous Bar Association at: [email protected] or at 780.721.2345 or Scott Robertson at: [email protected] or 705-325-0520. Visit our website at www.indigenousbar.ca.

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