Support for: Walking Together: Ontario's Long Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women
Since 2010, the government and Indigenous partners have worked hand in hand through the Joint Working Group on Violence Against Aboriginal Women.
"The alarming rate of violence and missing Indigenous women can't be swept under the rug if everybody is talking about it. This strategy encourages that discussion and takes action. Publicly supporting the research related to ending violence against Indigenous women, including human trafficking, keeps this issue on the radar."
"When it comes to violence against Indigenous women, there has always been a gap in the system. We deserve justice that is fair and culturally supportive. The reforms outlined in this plan reflect that and will help bridge that gap. We will not tolerate violence against our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties and grandmothers. This strategy is about sharing their story and bringing the issue of violence against Indigenous women to the forefront and let's not forget about our missing and murdered men and boys, too."
- Dawn Harvard, President
Ontario Native Women's Association
"There is an alarming rate of violence directed at Indigenous women. We have to do what we can to break the cycle. The Family Well-Being Program can help do that. It's a culturally appropriate, community-led approach and that is something we have always asked for. What might work in Thunder Bay may not work in Toronto and that is why communities must lead."
- Deputy Grand Chief Denise Stonefish
First Nations Women's Caucus, Chiefs of Ontario
"Ending violence against Indigenous women requires collective commitments and concrete actions. That is what the Long-Term Strategy is all about. Implementing mandatory Métis, First Nations and Inuit cultural competency training in the public service is a key commitment. Increased awareness is integral to affecting real change and to advancing our shared goal of ending violence against Métis, First Nations and Inuit women."
- Sheila McMahon, Board President
Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
"Breaking the cycle of violence starts with prevention. The Family Well-Being Program will ensure there is culturally and effective supports at home through intervention and prevention, so that our children are growing up in a strong community and out of the child welfare system."
- Gary Lipinski, President
The Métis Nation of Ontario
- Chief Fawn Wapioke, Shoal Lake 39
Independent First Nations