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       Métis Nation delegates participate in National Roundtable on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

Clément Chartier, Muriel Stanley Venne, Melanie Omeniho, Angie Crerar, Jennifer Lord, Clara Morin-Dal Col, David Chartrand, and France Picotte.

Clément Chartier, Muriel Stanley Venne, Melanie Omeniho, Angie Crerar, Jennifer Lord, Clara Morin-Dal Col, David Chartrand, and France Picotte.

The Métis Nation delegation was composed of MNC President Clément Chartier, MNC Vice-President and MMF President David Chartrand, Women of the Métis Nation (WMN) President Melanie Omeniho, Métis Elder Angie Crerar, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Chair France Picotte, MNO staff Jennifer Lord, Provincial Chair for Métis Women BC Clara Morin-Dal Col, Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Women representative Muriel Stanley Venne, and MNC Communications officer Ke Ning.

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The Roundtable opened with Prayers by Algonquin Elder Peter Decontie, Métis Elder Angie Crerar, and Inuit Elder Sally Webster, followed by the presentations from four representatives who were selected from the Families Gathering. In their presentations, they provided general context and reflection on the themes for discussion and recommendations for action from a Families Gathering convened on February 26th.

The Roundtable discussion focused on three themes:

– Prevention and Awareness

– Community Safety Plans and Protocols

– Policing Measures and Justice Responses

Delegates of the National Roundtable committed to continuing to work together in coordinating actions to prevent and end violence against Indigenous women and girls, including the commitment to a second National Roundtable to be held in 2016, adoption of a Framework for Action to Prevent and Address Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls as well accepting the offer by Premier Selinger that a national conference on policing and justice be held prior to the 2016 session, likely in Winnipeg.

WMN President Melanie Omeniho

WMN President Melanie Omeniho

Women of the Métis Nation President Omeniho stated: “I acknowledge the work that has been achieved by bringing together the National Aboriginal Organizations, provinces, territories, the federal government and representatives from the families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women for this unique meeting. The life, safety and security of Indigenous women, which includes Métis women is a priority for Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak. It is an exceptional opportunity to work with other Aboriginal representative organizations and the various levels of government to build on a collective action plan that will assist us in addressing the overwhelming issues that result from the level of violence that some Indigenous women have been a victim of.”

David Chartrand, President of the Manitoba Metis Federation and Vice-President of the MNC, stated: “Given the number of these tragedies in Manitoba, I welcome any effective steps by governments to confront the problem. We must look forward and measure both practical and accomplished results from these commitments.”

“The Métis Nation is pleased to witness the forward movement on addressing this most critical matter. The issue of murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls has been plaguing our communities for far too long and concrete solutions must be explored and implemented. I congratulate the leadership of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal governments and organizations for taking this progressive step and thank the affected families for their continued determination to seek the justice this violation of life is demanding” stated President Chartier of the Métis National Council.

Group photo

Group photo

Summary Report: National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls (ENGLISH) (FRENCH)

Press Release: Working Together to Prevent and Address Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls (ENGLISH) (FRENCH)

Framework For Action to Prevent and Address Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls (ENGLISH) (FRENCH)