NWT Human Rights Commission to analyze MMIWG Calls for Justice

Lesa Semmler from Inuvik spoke at the MMIWG inquiry in Yellowknife last year. (Francis Tessier-Burns/CKLB).

As part of its commitment to reconciliation, The Human Rights Commission of the Northwest Territories says it will review at its July meeting the Calls for Justice made in the final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

A commission spokesperson states that they will look for places where they can incorporate the calls in their own work and for ways they can support other organizations across the NWT do the same.

The commission states that all governments and public service organizations have a responsibility, as part of reconciliation, to examine documents like the TRC Calls to Action and the MMIWG inquiry report and Calls for Justice that can help identify problems and address issues of inequality.

Human Rights Commission members have committed to work together with other northerners to remove systemic barriers to equality and include marginalized Indigenous views.

The commission welcomes the findings of the Commission for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls recognizes that Indigenous women’s groups fought for years to see that inquiry become a reality.

Membership on the NWT Human Rights Commission includes Indigenous women.

Their perspectives are helping the commission make Indigenous voices part of its conversations and work.

The NWT Human Rights Commission works to promote a culture of inclusion through education and discussion about equality human rights and the NWT Human Rights Act.

To learn more visit nwthumanrights.ca, call 867-669-5575 or join on Facebook at facebook.com/nwthrc




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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.