Statement from Rachel Notley, Leader of Alberta’s NDP Opposition, on the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls:
“I want to thank the many courageous survivors, families, friends and community supporters who came together to share powerful stories, to take action, and to find ways to do better for Indigenous women and girls here in Alberta and across Canada.
“The final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is a powerful testament to the courage and strength of Indigenous women and families—and the failures of governments past and present.
“It was with deep sorrow that our government apologized for Alberta’s legacy of residential schools and to the survivors of the Sixties Scoop. More than apologies, our government strove to learn and to do better by engaging directly with Indigenous women and making real change.
“As a result, our government increased funding at emergency shelters to ensure more women can find help, provided survivors with greater access to counselling, police and court supports at sexual assault centers, strengthened Alberta’s child intervention system, and worked to reduce poverty across Alberta. All of these actions mean a better life for Indigenous families—but we know we need to do more.
“That’s why today is about more than a report—it is a call to action. A call for governments to meaningfully address racism, sexual violence, gender-based violence, and family trauma in every form—in all communities—to ensure the safety and security of Indigenous women and girls.
“Our caucus looks forward to working with the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada to review the recommendations and find ways to take action, in the spirit of reconciliation and healing, to make life better for Indigenous women and girls in Alberta.”