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AFN Planning National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The Assembly of First Nations is carrying out their original intentions set forth in July 2014 of hosting a Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as part of a framework to develop a national dialogue on addressing and ending violence against Indigenous women and girls. This is the next step towards the broader goal of securing a National Inquiry into this matter. The Roundtable has been confirmed to take place in Ottawa on February 27, 2015.

At the August 2014 meeting between National Aboriginal Organizations and Premiers, all parties agreed on the importance of this roundtable and national dialogue and committed to support and attend such a Roundtable. In October, provincial and territorial representatives met again with National Aboriginal Organizations to advance action on a Roundtable, and agreed it would take place in February 2015. All of the National Aboriginal Organizations are working together to move forward on planning for the Roundtable. Federal Ministers have been invited to attend and at press time, confirmation of attendance was still in progress. AFN’s delegation has yet to be determined, but AFN will have 10 representatives at the Roundtable. 

Additionally, the AFN is working to to ensure that there is a respectful and appropriate inclusion of the voices and perspectives of the families of murdered and missing women and girls in the Roundtable and all efforts in this area.

Consideration is underway for preparatory meetings and concurrent meetings to take place during the National Roundtable, and more information will be available soon.

 

The Goals of the Roundtable are to:

 

Initiate dialogue among all levels of government to take action to effectively address the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Collectively identify solutions and means of moving them forward to reduce and eventually eliminate all forms of violence.

Secure further commitment to collaborative dialogue and engagement of Indigenous peoples in actions that involve all parties.

To maintain focus on tangible outcomes, three broad areas have been identified for focus at the Roundtable.  Each jurisdiction and national organization is asked to put forward specific commitments under each area:

 

Prevention and Awareness

Community Safety Plans and Protocols

Policing Measures and Justice Responses

 

The AFN is summarizing previous work and engaging in outreach to put forward priorities for action.  As well, the AFN will be working with the AFN Women’s Council, Regional Women’s Councils and directly with First Nations to gather input.  Additionally, the AFN will launch a survey in November to seek wide input into actions for the Roundtable.

 

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