London, Ontario May 5th, 2022 – It’s heinous and hard to imagine that we still live in a time where Indigenous women face discrimination based on their race and gender. The fact that Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls continues to be a pressing issue and concern in our communities requiring immediate attention, makes the issue even more tragic. Across Canada Indigenous Peoples and their allies will stand together today as May 5th marks a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Grand Chief Joel Abram states “Despite pledges from the Federal government and being marked as a high priority on the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action’ their failure to deliver on these false promises only prolongs the suffering of so many. Continued violence and systemic racism should not be something we have to deal with in this day and age but it exists still. If it this continues to exist I fear for more of our families and more for the safety of our communities.”
Deputy Grand Chief Stacia Loft states “The safety and healing of Indigenous Peoples and their families that lost a mother, a sister, or a daughter must be paramount throughout any work we do. I feel assured when events, like the one being held at Peace Park, demonstrates a sign of unity and solidarity. These events work towards ensuring that our women and girls will not be forgotten, and that they can be at peace knowing that we will not let their memory pass. More awareness is needed so that everyone can work towards an understanding of the gravity of the situation, and furthermore, to call upon all levels of government to action the 231 Calls for Justice.”
The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians requests you join with us by encouraging action, learning about this situation and pressure the nation to swifter action to bring justice for those that are no longer with us.