Ottawa, provinces sign-off on national framework against violence against Indigenous women, girls

Federal, provincial ministers discussed issue during meeting in Quebec City.

The Canadian Press
Justice and public safety ministers from across the country have signed-off on an approach to reduce violence against Indigenous girls and women.

At a meeting in Quebec City, they also discussed legalization of marijuana, radicalization of young people, cybersecurity and physician -assisted dying.

The national framework for dealing with violence against Indigenous women ­two years in the making ­ will help ensure governments engage closely with Indigenous people, said federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

“We had quite a detailed discussion around a collaborative approach to addressing the challenges that indigenous peoples face,” she said at meeting’s conclusion Thursday.

Ministers want to work together “to ultimately do our part to end the horrible and unnecessary situation that indigenous women and girls are facing in terms of violence,” said Wilson­-Raybould.

The minister said she and her counterparts also talked about the coming national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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