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April 25, 2016

The Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women (LSC), a national coalition of individuals and civil society organizations, has supported the call for a national inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIW). Like other advocates, activists and community members, the LSC is deeply concerned that the inquiry be a meaningful one.

LSC members have a breadth of knowledge and interdisciplinary expertise regarding the MMIW issue. Today, the LSC has released a statement on the importance of full provincial and territorial cooperation with the upcoming national inquiry.

It is crucial that the role of provinces and territories and the extent of their participation in the upcoming national inquiry be clearly determined as soon as possible. The full participation and cooperation of all Canadian jurisdictions in the upcoming national inquiry is necessary in order to ensure meaningful outcomes.

The provinces and territories have publicly expressed support for a national inquiry on MMIWG, and while these statements of support and commitment are important, the legal mechanisms for ensuring this cooperation and collaboration remain unclear. The LSC urges federal, provincial, and territorial governments to take the required legal steps to ensure that cooperation and collaboration are fully authorized through a provincial or territorial delegation of power.

The LSC statement provides details as to why this interjurisdictional cooperation is so important. For example:

The LSC urges the provinces and territories, along with the federal government, to take action now to ensure the success of this critical national inquiry. The full LSC statement is available here.

This news release was endorsed by the following individual and organizational members of the Legal Strategy Coalition:

Aboriginal Commission on Human Rights & Justice

Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS)

Amnesty International Canada

B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA)

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS)

Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)

Carrier Sekani Family Services

Professor Aimee Craft, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

Law Office of Mary Eberts

Professor Brenda Gunn, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW)

Constance MacIntosh, Associate Professor of Law; Director, Health Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association (NSNWA)

Kim Pate, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Pivot Legal Society, Vancouver

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

West Coast LEAF

For more information, please contact:

Cheryl Maloney, President, Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, 902-751-0077

Constance MacIntosh, Associate Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University,
(902) 494-3554

Mary Teegee, Executive Director, Child and Family Carrier Sekani Family Services, Chair, Highway of Tears ‎Initiative, (250)562-3591 ext. 205

Kim Stanton, Legal Director, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF),
416-595-7170 ext. 223