Federal Liberals getting closer to appointing MMIWG ombudsperson

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The chief of Zagime Anishinabek, home to several First Nations in southeastern Saskatchewan, has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the federal government.

The federal government says it’s one step closer to the creation of an Indigenous and human rights ombudsperson role who will oversee the progress on the calls to justice on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller announced on Jan. 10, that Jennifer Moore Rattray will take on the role as a special advisor to the government to help with the appointment of the ombudsperson by engaging with families, survivors, partners and organizations.

The 231 calls to justice are contained in the final report of the national inquiry into MMIWG released in 2019.

Call for justice 1.7 calls for the creation of an Indigenous and human rights ombudsperson.

Rattray is a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan and a former executive director of the national inquiry into MMIWG.

There is still no timeline as to when an ombudsperson will actually be put in place.

Miller also announced an Indigenous organization called Innovation 7 has been hired to develop recommendations for an oversight mechanism to monitor progress on ending violence against Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S people.

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