The person in charge of the inquiry calls the murder of indigenous women, children, and the two spirited a form of genocide.
After nearly three years of investigation with dozens of community meetings and testimony from over 2,000 people, the inquiry’s findings were handed down in a special ceremony Gatineau, Quebec today. Chief Commissioner of the inquiry, Marion Buller was there to speak to the over 200 recommendations being made in the report, called Reclaiming Power and Place, to many tiers of government; the recommendations are aimed at addressing increased violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) peoples.
Buller says the problem runs deep. “The significant, peristent, and deliberate pattern of systemic racial and gendered human and indigenous rights violations and abuses, perpetuated historically and maintained today by the Canadian state, designed to displace Inidgenous people from their lands, social structures from their lands, social structures and governments, and to eradicate their existence as nations, communities, families, and individuals is the cause of the disappearances, murders, and violence experienced by indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA peoples, and this is genocide.”
While the report is filled with recommendations, it also calls for justice for those affected, something Buller says governments have a responsibility to act. ” Calls for justice are not mere recommendations or optional suggestions; they are legal imperatives. Governments must fully impliment the calls for justice to ensure the safety and dignity of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people.”
The full report can be viewed here.