Ontario Taking Action to Combat Violence Against Indigenous Women and GirlsPublished on May 31, 2021
All Ontarians deserve to live free from violence and abuse of all kinds. The prevalence of violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada is unacceptable. This government is proud to release Ontario’s comprehensive response and strategy to address the calls for justice in the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, that builds on the proactive actions we’ve taken protect to protect Indigenous women, children, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people from violence.
We have listened carefully to survivors, families and loved ones who bravely shared their experiences of overwhelming loss and personal pursuits for justice. Ontario's response sets a path forward to confront and address the root causes of violence and abuse and provide real solutions so future generations of Indigenous women and their families are safe to live their lives free of violence.
The plan addresses critical gaps in supports for Indigenous women, children, and 2SLGBTQ+ people, including the need for better access to stable housing, health care, education and employment.
We know that we can’t address the root causes of violence unless they are led by Indigenous people, particularly Indigenous women. Ontario will continue to work closely with all partners and Indigenous leaders to address critical gaps in Ontario’s current system of supports and build a better and safer province for all Ontarians.