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February 18, 2022

Province to Engage Indigenous Leadership in Addressing Key Aspects of Gender-Based Violence National Action Plan

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Engagement Process will Inform Province's Contribution: Squires

The Manitoba government is taking steps to engage key Indigenous stakeholders in discussions toward integrating Indigenous-led approaches regarding Pillar 4 of the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence, Families Minister Rochelle Squires, minister for responsible for status of women, announced today.

“Taking action toward addressing Pillar 4 of the national plan was a central topic of discussion at the recent federal-provincial-territorial ministers’ meeting,” said Squires. “It is clear that we must incorporate Indigenous approaches to ensure progress is made in this vital area, and our government will be seeking the guidance of Indigenous leadership to inform our provincial policy.”

The 39th Annual Meeting of Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers responsible for the Status of Women was held virtually in December 2021. The meeting was subsequent to the group’s initial meeting that produced the Joint Declaration for a Canada Free of Gender-Based Violence. The declaration included the shared vision, common goals, principles and pillars for joint action in the development of the Gender-Based Violence National Action Plan, on which the draft plan was to be developed. The ministers will reconvene in July 2022.

Addressing and preventing gender-based violence is a priority for Manitoba with a continued commitment to work with Indigenous leadership and communities to prevent and combat gender-based violence of all forms. The Status for Women Secretariat, working in collaboration with the Department Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations, will create a discussion guide and co-ordinate the engagement process with Indigenous community leaders, noted the minister.


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