Decision Maker Response

Niki Ashton, Member of Parliament, Churchill’s response

Niki Ashton, Member of Parliament, Churchill
NDP Opposition Critic, Status of Women

Mar 8, 2014 — New Democrats mourn alongside the family of Loretta Saunders. The death of this young Inuk woman, who was so dedicated to her community is truly devastating. Indigenous women are sending a clear message to the Conservative Government: The time for talk is over. The time for study is over. The time for action is now. Canada must initiate a National Public Inquiry. I, along with Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the NDP, wholeheartedly support this call for action. From the beginning, the NDP has stood with the families of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis women who have been lost. Their ask has been clear and consistent: No more Stolen Sisters. Indigenous women deserve safety, dignity and empowerment.

The NDP demands that the federal government:
establish a National Commission of Public Inquiry to analyze violence against Indigenous women and girls;
utilize Niki Ashton’s motion (M-444) to develop and implement a national action plan to address violence against Indigenous women and girls;
ensure that Indigenous women lead, design and implement solutions to address this crisis;
address chronic underfunding including key frontlines services, shelters, child welfare, and research; and
invest in prevention and treatment services.

Lorretta’s life is cherished and valued. I will personally continue to work alongside families, activists and organizations who seek justice so that there are no more stolen sisters.