June 21, 2019
CWY ALUMNA, MICHÈLE AUDETTE, COMMISSIONER FOR THE NATIONAL INQUIRY INTO MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS
Michèle Audette, Canada World Youth alumna (1989) played the important role of Commissioner for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). After two and half years, the final report, including recommendations, was released on June 3.
According to Commissioner Audette, “This National Inquiry is an historic moment. Following 500 years of colonization, it is the first pan-Canadian opportunity to gather, understand and build knowledge on the ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls. While this aspect is crucial, we also need to disseminate this knowledge to all citizens of this country. Each and every Canadian must then take responsibility and be part of the solution to end violence against First Nation, Metis and Inuit women.”
In this same vein, here are some of the report’s recommendations that we can ALL act upon:
- Develop knowledge and read the final report. Listen to the truths shared and acknowledge the burden of these human and Indigenous rights violations, and how they impact Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA [two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual] people today.
- Decolonize by learning the true history of Canada and Indigenous history in your local area. Learn about and celebrate Indigenous peoples’ history, cultures, pride and diversity, acknowledging the land you live on and its importance to local Indigenous communities, both historically and today.
- Using what you have learned and some of the resources suggested, become a strong ally. Being a strong ally involves more than just tolerance; it means actively working to break down barriers and to support others in every relationship and encounter in which you participate.
- Confront and speak out against racism, sexism, ignorance, homophobia and transphobia, and teach or encourage others to do the same, wherever it occurs: in your home, in your workplace, or in social settings.
We thank Commissioner Audette for her dedication and continued support of Indigenous rights that are so important for First Nation, Inuit and Métis women and girls.
Please view Commissioner Audette’s passionate and inspiring speech at the National Inquiry into MMIWG’s closing ceremony: https://youtu.be/DE8sgf7AeJg
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