By Craig Benjamin and Jackie Hansen
“What we do not need now is to stop and talk and study. We need more action.” - Federal Justice Minister Peter McKay, March 2014.
Let’s be clear: we all want action to end violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
But we don’t need just any action. We need action that can actually stop the violence tearing First Nations, Inuit and Metis women and girls from their families. We need action that is coordinated and properly-resourced. And we need action that is based on accurate information and a clear understanding of the true extent and nature of the threats faced based by Indigenous women and girls.
Unfortunately, that is not the kind of action that the federal government is delivering.