The accord, a document intended to further the cause of reconciliation between the city’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, was first signed by more than 80 groups in June 2017. It is rooted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action as well as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls calls for justice.
The Manitoba Métis Federation says it plans to conduct its own investigation into a retired priest now charged with indecent assault at a residential school in the province.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is disappointed that the $724.1-million fund allocated to supporting Indigenous women and girls facing gender-based violence is still sitting, vastly underutilized, while First Nations women are experiencing increased rates of violence.
First Nations women are severely impacted by the lack of access to resources to address poverty and homelessness, violence and discrimination, and domestic violence. The AMC has tried to seek funding and work with Canada to offer more support for unsheltered women. However, critical supports, such as providing access to safe emergency housing, are urgently needed.
“It is a mess. This is systemic racism. Thompson General Hospital has become a triage center. We need to look at ways to take control – make our own policies, services, and facilities up north instead of sending them down south. As peoples, we are still ‘in care’ and must change that.”
– Councillor Donnie McKay, Pimicikamak.
“It is clear that the provincial system does not serve the best interest of our children, and as a result, our families and Nations. ”
– Acting Grand Chief Cornell McLean