Ontario Chiefs meet with opposition parties, call for focus on Indigenous issues in upcoming federal election

Chiefs from First Nations across Ontario gathered in Ottawa this week to meet with federal opposition leader Thomas Mulcair and members of his caucus, as well as Liberal critic for Aboriginal Affairs Carolyn Bennett. Chiefs pushed both parties to consider critical First Nations priorities in their upcoming election platforms including lands and resources, education funding, missing and murdered In...
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First Nations political leaders participate in national roundtable on missing and murdered Indigenous women, continue to call for a national inquiry

First Nations leadership from across Canada met with government representatives at a national roundtable on missing and murdered Indigenous women in Ottawa today. The roundtable brought together more than 150 delegates including First Nations Chiefs, Premiers, federal and provincial ministers, and representatives from First Nations organizations. Deputy Grand Chief Denise Stonefish of the Assoc...
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MMIW: Victims and families deserve more than an accused abuser as an advocate

We live in a world where 1,200 of our Indigenous daughters, mothers, sisters, aunties and friends have gone missing or been murdered since 1980.  A world where our justice, health and social service systems are failing these women and girls every single day. Our missing and murdered women deserve more, and we need to continue to demand more for them. Whether solutions look like an inquiry, impr...
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First Nations Leaders Champion “Our Own Inquiry” for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Political leaders from First Nations across Ontario have joined together to begin their own inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women at a three-day gathering in Thunder Bay this week. The gathering will bring together 15 First Nations families who have experienced a loss with leaders from First Nations communities and political organizations. Families will have the opportunity to prov...
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Honoring the 20th Anniversary of Sonya Nadine Mae

As the 20th Anniversary of the day Sonya Nadine Mae was found, community is gathering together to honor her spirit and raise more awareness about the issues of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. A reminder of an issue that has been happening for decades. A portrait of who Sonya was has been compiled by the family, a reminder of her life, who she was and still is to many people. ...
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Statement on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Grand Chief Gordon Peters issued the following statement regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada. Sonya’s Story – Sonya Nadine Mae Cywink Sonya’s story is one that is all too familiar to Indigenous people in Canada. She is one of hundreds of Indigenous women that have either been murdered or has gone missing in Canada.  In the RCMP’s National Operational Overview, a compreh...
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